Inmarsat announced a “major milestone” on 7 May, with final approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) satellite Internet Protocol (IP) communications platform.
SB-S was tested extensively between June 2015 and July 2018 by Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines, with about 25,000 flights on seven aircraft types. Cobham Aerospace Communications, Collins Aerospace, SITAONAIR, ASG, and L2 were also involved in the evaluation process.
In July 2018 Shenzhen Airlines announced that it would equip its entire A320 fleet with the SB-S capability (with the possibility to extend it to its B-737s for cockpit connectivity). Airbus has also selected SB-S as the production line fit solution for its A320 and A330 aircraft.
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