Cathay Pacific has selected ARINC to provide a major upgrade of its fleet’s onboard communication systems to provide what it describes as “e-Enabled aircraft”. The decision comes after two years of extensive trials.
The Hong Kong carrier will utilise ARINC’s communications solution across its fleet to create what the technology provider calls a true “e-Enabled aircraft” by offering fully-customized, integrated communications management of flight operations, data communication services, cabin services, maintenance, diagnostics, and vital safety information.
“E-enablement is very much the future of aviation for Cathay Pacific. Increased operational efficiency of our flights has a clear and direct impact on our continued ability to offer passengers award-winning service, as well as increased operational efficiencies across the organization,” said Russell Davie, general manager of flight operations, Cathay Pacific.
Cathay Pacific worked closely with ARINC over a two-year operational trial to fully customize the technology in order to effectively maximize operational benefits and reduce costs. “Cathay Pacific and its wholly owned subsidiary Dragonair now have the capability to select the most cost-effective communications connectivity for the aircraft and maintain a consistent data delivery connection between aircraft and remote host systems,” says ARINC.
“Automating the flight bag saves paper, but the benefits for airlines like Cathay Pacific go far beyond that. The volume and complexity of airline operations means that the right solution can provide significant benefits across the board,” said Randy Pizzi, vice president of ARINC’s International Division.
ARINC’s customized e-Enabled aircraft network solution for Cathay Pacific also includes obtaining Supplemental Type Certifications (STCs) for each aircraft type.