Technavio, leading market research reports providers, announced the top five AIS market providers that they expect will lead the way until the end of the decade.
Airport operators are coming under increasing pressure as systems become more advanced, and requirements and expectations rise. The global aviation industry is growing at a rate of more than 5% year-on-year in terms of passenger traffic, and systems integration is critical to ensure smooth and efficient airport operations.
Four of the top five providers are based in Europe, with just one, Rockwell Collins, based outside the EU.
Rockwell Collins, with its acquisition of ARINC three years ago, has gone from strength to strength in this sector of the industry with superior integration processes for airports across the world.
AviNet Airport is just one of its powerful solutions, giving operational agility to the airport environment and leveraging the proven AviNet network for seamless reliability in the messaging environment.
The annual Aircraft Interiors Expo saw more than 14,000 visitors this year over its three-day airing in Hamburg, Germany.
The latest innovations in cabin connectivity were shown and discussed, in addition to some incredible interior designs.
Airlines and service providers were asking new questions this year, leading us to believe that in-flight connectivity, as a relatively new requirement for the cabin, is climbing higher on the list of priorities for passengers.
Rockwell Collins’ Jeff Standerski, senior VP, said that the term IFEC (In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity) should be referred to in the future as IFPE (In-Flight Passenger Engagement), demonstrating that the way we are thinking about cabin connectivity is changing.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Cabin Connect is certainly moving with the times, offering next-generation connectivity with support for personal electronic devices, and opportunities to increase in-flight revenue and enhance customer service with AirCrew Connect.
A joint venture has been agreed between British satellite company, Inmarsat, and Beijing’s Marine Communications and Navigation (MCN) to develop aircraft communications solutions for the cabin and the flight deck for the Chinese commercial aviation market.
Inmarsat’s latest offering, GX Aviation, will feature highly in the joint venture, providing in-flight connectivity solutions to give global coverage, as will SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S).
China’s aircraft passengers will soon be able to enjoy broadband at speeds comparable to the ground-based services, and will be able to use their personal mobile devices.
The agreement is expected to be finalised later this year.
Following the recent attacks in Europe, the UK and Ireland have agreed that Advance Passenger Information (API) will now be shared for all travellers between the two countries.
With nearly 4.5 million travellers moving between London and Dublin last year, just on flights, the air route can be marked as one of the world’s busiest.
The move is welcomed by groups who have campaigned for greater attention to this route, which has been cited as a possible route for extremists to travel before moving on to other territory.
Frances Fitzgerald, Acting Justice Minister, said, “It is a critical issue, not just for Ireland, but for all member states that they are in a position to strengthen border controls through the sharing of information on suspect passengers prior to their travel from one jurisdiction to another.”
As terror threats continue to increase across the world, API provision is becoming a growing requirement, enabling governments and border agencies to screen passengers in advance of travel.
Providers of the Advance Passenger Information System, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AviSec, ensure that aviation message handling is reliable, with guaranteed delivery and security.
CPDLC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications) gives operators enhanced efficiency and the opportunity to reduce operational costs with the ability to receive direct clearance from ATC. This Departure Clearance Functionality was tested this week in Kentucky by Universal Avionics using their Cessna Citation 7.
Increasing efficiency is critical both on the ground and on the flight deck, and minimising flight crew workload, saving time and reducing costs are high priorities on the agenda of many an operator.
The functionality test recorded clearance delivery in just 22 seconds at the FAA tech centre, and Universal Avionics announce their testing as a success.
Providers of CPDLC to supplement voice communications recognise the need for reliability, and prepare to ready the industry for compliance before the end of the decade.
Gogo has announced that its IFE connectivity product, Gogo Vision is improving, and has started to ‘return more interesting dollars’ at last.
The company, who supply IFE connectivity solutions for both business and commercial aircraft have admitted that a lot of its content does not get to airlines, as they offer many smaller, independent films and documentaries, and an opt-in functionality for passengers.
As passenger demand increases for cabin connectivity, providers are under pressure to provide superfast connection rates for live streaming. Other providers, such as Rockwell Collins’ Cabin Connect, also deliver the opportunity to operate IFE, and cabin connectivity for passengers and crew via a single installation, and satellite communications networks.
Rockwell Collins has announced that Air China has renewed its contract for ARINC GLOBALink, the leading air-ground data communications package, providing a secure messaging platform for critical inflight messaging.
Air China also has Rockwell Collins’ comprehensive communications suites, including VHF, SATCOM and HFDL to ensure coverage over a diverse range of aircraft communications.
The contract renewal comes in line with the plans that Air China has for expansion of its international routes and fleet.
Switzerland’s Federal Intelligence Service (FIS) has said that there has been a significant increase in Advance Passenger Information (API) during the last four years.
Their report, published earlier this month, notes an increase from 9,000 to approximately 1.5 million passenger data transfers of information for the advance screening of travellers using the country’s airlines.
The FIS handles the data for the use of the prevention of terrorism, both physical and cyber, and now screens all passengers arriving in Switzerland from designated countries using both commercial and charter flights.
The handling of personal passenger data should be carried out according to international standards, often via APIS, a world-recognised and accepted form of transmission. Providers of the Advance Passenger Information System are closely regulated and monitored to ensure regulatory procedures are maintained.
Aviation Services Management (ASM) has expanded its flight support services operation in India with the introduction of a new subsidiary company called Aviation Travel and Tourism Services (ATTS).
The company, who has also opened a new office in Dubai International Airport, is hoping to continue to expand and take on more employees this year.
Flight support services for business aircraft is a niche marketplace, but offers a critical service in a sector that generally does not have the backing of a flight operations department in the same way that the commercial sector does.
Flight support services provider, Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect also offers a comprehensive suite of solutions for business jets, including a multi-source flight tracking service, in addition to a wide range of aircraft communications options. ARINCDirect, launched in 2003, was the pioneer of exclusive business aircraft support.
As a part of the NextGen initiative, the text messaging capabilities of aircraft data link – CPLDC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications) – are being hailed as the way forward in the bid to eradicate the use of voice communications for the transmission of critical aircraft communications such as weather data, position reporting and other ATC operational messages.
Under the new initiative, pilots will be able to ‘accept’ messaging over text, without the need to make a verbal or data-based response.
The NextGen initiative is designed to improve aircraft communications with the simplification of messaging, avoiding misinterpretation, and standardising messaging protocols on the flight deck.