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Airbus' launches new 'High Bandwidth Connectivity' solution for A320, A330 and A380 programmes

Airbus is further enriching its connectivity offers both in line-fit and retrofit, by selecting Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii), as lead supplier, to provide a new complementary “High Bandwidth Connectivity” (HBC) system. Named RAVE Broadband, it uses the Inmarsat “Global Xpress” *Ka-Band satellite network providing worldwide coverage. It will enable internet access, mobile telephony services and support applications evolutions for the A320, A330, & A380 aircraft.

With this new BFE option, Airbus aircraft will offer airlines the most comprehensive choice of connectivity solutions: They can now choose from four different suppliers (Panasonic, Thales, Airbus, Zii) and three different technologies (*L-band/SBB, Ku-Band, and Ka-Band) across the Airbus family. The first certification of this new Airbus HBC product offer is planned for 2016 and will deploy rapidly across A320, A330, & A380 aircraft families. This selection of Zii is the first step of Airbus' HBC approach and will be followed by more HBC offerings in the near future.

Press release issued by Airbus S.A.S. on September 18, 2015


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