SITA GATELINK TESTS LAUNCHED AT CDG

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP January 6, 2011 20:44

SITA GATELINK TESTS LAUNCHED AT CDG

SITA has announced the successful launch of a series of operational trials at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to demonstrate the benefits of its planned AIRCOM IP GateLink service for new generation aircraft such as the Airbus A380, Boeing 787 and newer variants of the Boeing 777.

Gatelink is the airline industry standard name for aircraft use of airport WiFi to connect into ground networks. SITA and Hub telecom, working in collaboration with Aeroports de Paris (ADP) and a major international carrier, set up the WiFi infrastructure which A380 aircraft have successfully used to complete broadband wireless communications sessions during routine turnarounds.

This major milestone adds CDG to a growing list of important airports, including Sydney and London Heathrow, where AIRCOM IP GateLink trials are underway to evaluate the technical, operational and commercial aspects of offering this service on a wider scale for all parties involved.

Philip Clinch, SITA Vice President Aircraft Services, said: “Airlines are increasingly expressing interest in worldwide access to airports’ wireless infrastructure to communicate with their back-office systems, indeed the use of ground-based broadband wireless communications to improve airline operations and reduce costs has long been a desire of airlines. Our goal is to enable its use with new generation aircraft outside airlines’ own hubs, which requires a great deal of third-party coordination and collaboration.”

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