Cobham signs contract with Boeing for cockpit connectivity

Three Boeing aircraft in flightCobham and Boeing have signed a Technical Service Agreement (TSA) for the certification of Cobham’s AVIATOR 200S system on the Boeing 777X and 737 MAX aircraft.

The agreement provides a Boeing line-fit option for Aviator 200S, which provides Inmarsat’s new-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) service to airline customers worldwide.

Cobham says its AVIATOR 200S product offers a smaller, lighter, powerful satcom solution to airlines and addresses the growing demand from airlines for continuous secure data exchange between their ground operations and their aircraft.

The AVIATOR S series of products supports secure IP and ACARS data services, multiple IP voice channels, and powers a growing range of cutting-edge applications that enhance safety and improve operational efficiency.

Paul Kahn, President, Cobham Communications and Connectivity, said: “We are delighted that Boeing will be offering the benefits of AVIATOR 200S to their customers. It will be particularly appealing to airlines looking to optimise flight deck connectivity whilst retaining system commonality across their fleet.”

John Broughton, Vice President, Safety and Operational Services, Inmarsat Aviation said: “Airlines throughout the world are clearly focused on optimising their fleet performance and increasing efficiency.

“Our award-winning SB-S platform harnesses the power of the connected flight deck to achieve these benefits. We are thrilled that our partner Cobham has signed a TSA to make its Aviator 200S, which provides access to SB-S, a line-fit option on the Boeing 777X and 737 MAX.

“This milestone is further testament to SB-S’s position as the go-to solution for digital aircraft operations.”

SB-S introduces new, always on, always secure applications.

These include continual positional awareness for flight tracking, flight data streaming (Black Box in the Cloud) and real-time electronic flight bag applications, such as networked graphical weather.

Other benefits of the service include operational efficiency, in the form of more fuel-efficient routes and the ability to transmit vital aircraft performance and positioning data in real time.

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