Cathay Pacific selects Avionica for aircraft e-Enablement system

Avionica e-Enabled products for Cathay Pacific include aviONS (right) and satLINK MAX.
Avionica e-Enabled products for Cathay Pacific include aviONS (right) and satLINK MAX.

Cathay Pacific Airways has selected Avionica as the integrator and supplier for its e-Enabled, airborne global connectivity programme.

Starting in early 2017, Cathay Pacific’s second generation e-Enabled system will be deployed across the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fleet including the B777, B747, A320 and A330 aircraft types.

In selecting Avionica, Cathay Pacific says it obtains extensive expertise in STC development and installation support for its e-Enablement solution.

Avionica’s e-Enablement hardware package provides Cathay Pacific with a single, common set of hardware across Boeing and Airbus fleets.

Rob Saunders, Head of Engineering Business Improvement and Lean at Cathay Pacific Airways, said: “Avionica offers Cathay Pacific an integrated airborne hardware solution for e-enablement and full time global connectivity. As part of their STC integration experience, Avionica’s STC design data package is of among the highest quality that we have seen.”

Avionica says this selection marks an important milestone in the development of airline e-Enablement as it continues its expansion into Asia’s air transport market with versatile global voice and data connectivity solutions.

Accordingly, Cathay Pacific will achieve fleet-wide deployment of an advanced e-Enablement programme, which is at the heart of Cathay Pacific’s efficiency-enhancing initiatives.

Avionica solutions

Avionica’s solution available to Cathay Pacific includes:
• satLINK MAX Iridium satellite communications system
• aviONS Onboard Network Server
• avCM 4G cellular device
• avSYNC QAR download

SatLINK MAX remains the industry’s only four-channel, FANS-1/A and ATC voice safety service approved Iridium SATCOM system.

The multitude of Iridium channels enables Cathay Pacific to maximize e-Enabled aircraft connectivity without restricting critical voice and FANS-1/A safety services.

AviONS provides an open-platform network solution supporting airline and third party e-Enablement systems. It enhances airborne connectivity with global 4G Cellular and WiFi connectivity. Cathay Pacific will tap aviONS’ Wi-Fi connectivity for crew wireless applications including efficient in-flight reporting of cabin discrepancy.

To manage connectivity, Avionica’s avSYNC global data transfer network is available to provide automated data transfer between aircraft and their operation centre.

As Cathay Pacific’s e-Enabled aircraft focus is efficiency, Avionica says avSYNC’s ability to automate data synchronisation of on board applications would become a key component of their strategy.

“We’re excited to have been selected by Cathay Pacific in deploying the e-Enabled aircraft solution across their fleet of aircraft. We welcome Cathay to the family of customers that entrust their hardware, STC integration, and data management to us,” said Avionica Vice President of Sales, Anthony Rios.

“Cathay is leading the charge in e-Enablement. With this selection, Avionica becomes the lead enabler to achieve that.”

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