Swift 64 support for Malaysia Airlines AeroMobile trial
Malaysia Airlines is using existing Inmarsat satcoms equipment with two 64kbit/sec data channels to support its current trial of the AeroMobile onboard cellphone service in a single Boeing 777-200.
The Malaysian carrier is trialling the voice, text messaging and email capabilities of the service with a view to introducing it across its whole fleet if the outcome is satisfactory. The AeroMobile-equipped 777-200 is operational on routes to Europe, Australia and across Asia, including China and Japan.
The air-to-ground link is being supplied by Honeywell’s HD-710 Inmarsat transceiver, which supports two channels of the 64kbit/sec Swift 64 service. The system is capable of being upgraded to a pair of SwiftBroadband channels with a total capacity of 864kbit/sec.
“It was possible to deliver this enhanced capability very easily and at a low cost for Malaysia Airlines,” says Honeywell airlines VP Mike Madsen. “The architecture of our system allowed for easy integration with the AeroMobile onboard base station and other equipment, and any future installations should be accomplished quickly and with minimal aircraft downtime.”