Shenzhen Airlines to equip A320 aircraft as it prepares for China’s
future rapid growth in passenger demand
26 April, 2017: Beginning May 2017, Shenzhen
Airlines will launch its in-flight evaluation of
SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S), Inmarsat's next generation IP-based
broadband service for the flight deck. The SB-S platform, which
will be installed on Shenzhen's Airbus 320 aircraft using Cobham
avionics' AVIATOR 300D hardware, will deliver powerful and flexible
in-flight communications and secure, real-time, in-air information
to enhance Shenzhen's safety, security and operational capabilities
- both in the air and on the ground.
The Shenzhen partnership is part of a joint venture between
Inmarsat, Beijing Marine Communication & Navigation Company,
Ltd. (MCN) and Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) to
provide aviation safety services to the rapidly growing Chinese
market. Under this partnership, MCN and ADCC will deliver satellite
voice, ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing & Reporting
System) and data services. MCN will serve as project manager for
Shenzhen's SB-S evaluation process.
In addition to compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority of
China (CAAC) mandates CCAR 121 and AC-121, Shenzhen Airlines will
focus its evaluation on three core SB-S satellite communication
(satcom) capabilities, including:
- Satellite Voice (satvoice) Communications -
Two-channel satellite-based services that enable faster and
high-quality voice communication between the flight deck crew and
its designated contacts on the ground, including air traffic
controllers and airline operations personnel.
- Integral Global Flight Tracking - This enhanced, live
tracking feature pinpoints an aircraft's location through regular
transmission of position reports. SB-S flight tracking enables the
airline and Air Traffic Control (ATC) to know where the aircraft is
and to understand its status in real time, which is essential for
both safety and delivery of fuel-efficient flight.
- ACARS Over IP - Traditionally used to communicate
with both the Airline Operations Centre and ATC, this short-text
capability over IP is a prerequisite for FANS 1/A compliance in
remote oceanic areas.
Shenzhen Airlines also will be able to take advantage of other
SB-S platform features, including real-time electronic flight bag
applications, such as networked graphical weather and, ultimately,
flight data streaming ("Black Box in the Cloud"). And, in addition
to providing critical flight safety solutions, its high-speed
communications capabilities also allow SB-S to deliver operational
savings to airlines in the form of reduced fuel costs, improved
efficiency and enhanced security. A recent study by Helios showed
that satellite communications has already delivered US$3 billion in
benefits to airlines to date (see link below).
Through its SB-S evaluation, Shenzhen Airlines is preparing for
China's explosive growth in passenger demand, which, according the
International Air Transport Association (IATA)*, is expected to
more than double over the next 20 years. IATA also predicts that
China will displace the United States as the world's largest
aviation market around 2024*. Much of this demand will be for
international travel and Shenzhen is anticipating this demand by
employing next generation satellite connectivity, which allows
aircraft to travel in oceanic areas and across remote continental
areas where terrestrial networks are not established. These
satellite-based capabilities will allow Shenzhen to offer
passengers a vastly wider range of service destinations that, until
now, could not be realized due to the decades-old limitations of
traditional, ground-based communications.
Captain Shao Bin, Vice President of Operations for Shenzhen
Airlines said: "As China's skies become more crowded and advanced
flight-tracking capabilities become a necessity in the
region's airspace, Shenzhen wants to be at the forefront of this
exciting next chapter of aviation history. We look forward to
evaluating SwiftBroadband-Safety as a pioneering, satellite-based
connectivity solution that will enable Shenzhen to offer enhanced
safety, increased capacity and more efficient operations to our
passengers - both in China and beyond."
Song Zhen, Vice President of MCN, said: "As a leading maritime
satellite operator in China, MCN is committed to providing safety
communication services to China's growing aviation industry. It is
the first time that a Chinese aircraft will be equipped with the
SB-S satcom technology platform, and we look forward to working
with Inmarsat and other partners to provide the best service for
Shenzhen Airlines in accordance with laws set forth by CAAC."
Zhu Yanbo, Vice President of ADCC, said, "As the
organization jointly established by Air Traffic Management Bureau
of CAAC and the major airlines in China, we especially appreciate
Shenzhen's evaluation of SB-S, as they are our country's first
airline to do so. As the air-ground datalink service provider
for China's airspace, ADCC will work closely with MCN and Inmarsat
to not only deliver SwiftBroadband-Safety's trusted cockpit
communication and flight tracking services, but also Globalink VHF
ACARS and VDL M2 services to our aviation customers."
Captain Mary McMillan, Vice President of Safety and Operational
Services at Inmarsat's Aviation business unitsaid: "As China
continues its path toward becoming the world's largest passenger
aviation nation," Shenzhen is making an important move to ensure it
is ready to not only expand its domestic service offerings but also
meet Chinese passengers' growing demand for international travel.
As the trusted provider of aviation safety and operational
services, Inmarsat is excited to work with Shenzhen and our
partners to understand how SB-S can optimise their flight deck and
aircraft operations as they enter this exciting new era in Chinese
Cheng-Yu Tang, General Manager, ChinaCobham SATCOM, said:
"Shenzhen's decision to evaluate SB-S demonstrates that one of the
China's largest airlines has full confidence in the performance of
our AVIATOR 300D system and the Inmarsat SB-S platform. We are
excited about this latest opportunity to contribute to the ongoing
evaluation of SwiftBroadband-Safety as it also supports our
development of communication technologies to meet the future needs
of the aviation community."
20-year Passenger Forecast (Oct. 18, 2016)
Notes to Editors
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite
communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing
reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments,
enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that
can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat operates around
the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of
commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock
Exchange (ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com. The Inmarsat
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A recent study published by Helios shows satellite communication
has delivered US$3 billion in benefits to airlines thanks to
improved air traffic control and operational efficiencies. Learn
more about the Helios study and download here.
In June 2016, Airbus
announced it selected SwiftBroadband-Safety and Cobham's
AVIATOR S series avionics for the cockpit safety communications
solution for its popular A320 and A330 families of aircraft.
Recently, Inmarsat, Cobham and Hawaiian Airlines
announced that SwiftBroadband-Safety and Cobham avionics
had enabled in-air Electronic Flight bag connectivity for the first
time with Hawaiian Airlines. Watch Hawaiian Airlines pilots
and Flight Operations leadership talk about the benefits of IP
broadband in the flight deck in this video.
'SwiftBroadband-Safety: The Future of Aircraft Communications' can
here. 'Black Box in the Cloud Solutions' can be downloaded
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