What is the connected aircraft?

Aviation is facing a technological revolution. As aircraft become smart, fully connected machines, new services can be introduced to benefit the passenger experience, grow revenues for operators and improve safety. But it relies on stable and safe connectivity – from the cabin to the cockpit.

Benefits of passenger connectivity

Connectivity enables airlines to bring dramatic, yet cost effective enhancements to the passenger experience – and to take advantage of the new revenue streams that accompany them. From charging passengers to use a broadband Wi-Fi service to opportunities for highly relevant, targeted advertising specific to the passenger or their travel needs. The duty-free experience could also be transformed, with passengers ordering products from their phones and tablets and arranging to have them delivered to their homes, or the hotel on arrival at their destination.

Connectivity to the ground means cabin crews can help passengers to change their onward transit plans to accommodate for changes to their flight, while they’re still in the air.

Operational uplift

The connected aircraft can relay performance data to maintenance crews on the ground long before landing, reducing AOG time and improving predictive maintenance. In the future, the connected aircraft, due to its improved positional tracking, will be allowed to fly using reduced separation standards. In other words, the minimum safe distance between them can decrease. This means more flights can be in operation at any time on key, high-value routes, generating more income.

A higher bandwidth also allows data-heavy applications – such as dynamic weather – to be installed within a pilot’s Electronic Flight Bag to receive real-time updates during the flight, allowing the pilot to change course to avoid bad weather and optimise fuel consumption.

Safety in the connected aircraft

Inmarsat is the only aviation broadband provider capable of connecting the complete aircraft, from cabin to cockpit. Our world-leading passenger solutions are complemented by our industry standard safety and operations services. And only Inmarsat can provide the distinct services for cockpit and cabin that ensure the security and integrity of critical flight deck communications.

Our worldwide communication networks are key to our comprehensive offering. We own and maintain our own satellite constellations. Inmarsat’s fully integrated networks deliver consistent communications to aircraft across every time zone.

The future of high-speed connectivity

The future of high-speed inflight connectivity is here, and with Inmarsat, airlines can choose a connectivity partner with the expertise and technology to realise its full potential. A partner who can meet both passenger demand for inflight broadband, and operational and safety demands for more capable digital communication.

Aviation communication is a core business for Inmarsat, not a secondary service. There’s no better connected partner for a better connected aircraft experience.


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