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 airlines and improve safety. But it relies on reliable and seamless 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 passengers can change their onward transit plans to accommodate for changes to their flight, while they’re still in the air.

Operational uplift

Secure, seamless coverage delivering operational data live from aircraft will transform airline operations. 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 allow more aircraft to use the same airspace, significantly improving efficiency and reducing fuel usage. 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 has for over 25 years delivered the industry standard safety and operations services for aviation. And only Inmarsat can provide the distinct services for cockpit and cabin that ensure the security and integrity of critical flight deck communications. Broadband to the cockpit enables improved ATC and services such as “Black Box in the Cloud”, the potential to solve issues in “real-time” with reliable two way communications, and live streaming to the ground of aircraft data, enhancing safety.

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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