Gulf Air is implementing Collins Aerospace GlobalConnectSM managed digital service to support its new fleet of 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft. As airlines shift toward all-digital operations, GlobalConnect keeps operators connected to their aircraft by deploying the infrastructure for secure wireless connectivity.
GlobalConnect enables a single communications solution, whereby new Internet Protocol links, such as broadband satellite, Wi-Fi or cellular, work seamlessly and interchangeably alongside legacy aircraft communications addressing and reporting system, or ACARS, communication channels. The service includes a hosted and managed cloud environment.
“As a major international carrier, it’s critical that we keep our flying crew better informed while providing better data collection and improved analytics to drive operational efficiency and reduced maintenance,” said Gulf Air’s Chief Operations Officer Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Ismaeel.
GlobalConnect enables highly secure, bidirectional exchange of data between the aircraft and ground operations, including aircraft maintenance and performance data. The systems also supports data feeds to the growing number of mobile applications that are being used by flight crews. These include efficiency applications such as weather, flight planning, logbooks, maintenance and performance calculators, all of which bring new levels of productivity and value to airline operations.
“GlobalConnect managed digital service together with innovative connected aircraft systems are transforming aircraft operations. We are leading the transition of the aerospace industry towards a connected digital ecosystem that goes beyond the aircraft. Our goal is to ensure this shift is seamless for our customers,” said Steve Timm, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Avionics for Collins Aerospace.
In addition to the GlobalConnect service, Gulf Air’s new A320neo fleet will feature Collins’ suite of communications and navigation systems for the flight deck, along with MultiScan ThreatTrackTM weather radar and Airline Operations Control data link.
Gulf Air commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 49 cities in 27 countries spanning three continents.
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