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Cobham SATCOM SwiftBroadband System Enables Tune Box Connectivity Solution for AirAsia A320 fleet

Low cost carrier will fly equipped with Cobham’s market-leading four-channel SwiftBroadband system

AVIATOR IGA-5001LYNGBY, Denmark - Cobham SATCOM has started deliveries to supply 150 of its market-leading four-channel AVIATOR 1200SP SwiftBroadband system to AirAsia. Enabling a state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment solution, the system was selected as part of the Tune Box connectivity solution for the leading Asian Low Cost Carrier.

 

The system, which consists of the Satellite Data Unit SDU-7330-4, the High Power Amplifier HPA-7450, the Type F Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier and Intermediate Gain Antenna IGA-5001, had been trialled by Tune Box and AirAsia since early 2014. After completing stringent customer assessment, the system was certified through a FAA STC on the AirAsia fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

 

Willem Kasselman, Air Transport Business Development Director of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical business unit, said: "Cobham SATCOM is proud to be supplying equipment for this innovative connectivity solution that will set AirAsia even further apart from its competitors.

 

"It is further proof of the growing market confidence in the Cobham satcom systems, which provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low elevation angle coverage, all resulting in a higher performance satcom system."

 

Using the SwiftBroadband flexible IP connectivity, the roKKi service developed by Tune Box offers passengers a complete In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, with access to connecting flight information, hotel and car reservations as well as the ability to connect to their own Personal Electronic Devices.

 

Sami El Hadery, Executive Director of Tune Box, said: "We're excited to be the first service provider to launch on-board Wi-Fi services with a four-channel SwiftBroadband system on a commercial airline. This four-channel system differentiates us from other airlines that use a single-channel SwiftBroadband system, as it allows us to support more passengers accessing Wi-Fi on board as well as additional next-generation revenue-generating services."

 

For further information please visit Stand 3B12 at Aircraft Interiors or visit www.cobham.com/satcom.

 

About Cobham

The most important thing we build is trust.

 

We protect lives and livelihoods with our differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight into customer needs and agility. Our innovative range of technologies and services solve challenging problems in harsh environments across commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean, specialising in meeting the growing demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth.

 

We employ more than 12,000 people on five continents, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.

 

About Cobham SATCOM

Providing dependable communications and internet access anywhere under the most demanding conditions.

 

Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the air.

 

We design and manufacture these high performance products under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing customers with outstanding performance, value and support through our global sales and service network.

 

About Tune Box

Tune Box is a leading provider of next generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions marketed under the roKKi name. From affordable Wi-Fi connectivity to in-flight video streaming, Tune Box aims to shake up the travel experience with exciting new entertainment products and services that add a little thrill and whole lotta attitude to everyday life. Tune Box strives to push the limits of IFEC, leveraging on a proven model of innovation that provides customisable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions.

 

For more information, please visit www.tunebox.com.my.

 

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Contacts:

Cobham SATCOM
Jen Marts
Global Marketing Manager
Aeronautical Business Unit
T: +1 757 777 7186
jen.marts@cobham.com

 

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