PORTLAND, OREGON, 30 September 2015: AirAsia will ramp up its flight safety by equipping its with Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s FlightLink, an aircraft tracking and flight deck communications system.
The deal with Panasonic will include their new AirMap suite of products enabling Aeronautical Operation Control (AOC) fleet communications, management and aircraft tracking.
FlightLink will be initially installed on 90 Airbus A320s to ensure the aircraft will be connected to the airline’s ground operations through their entire flights 24 hours a day.
AirAsia Group Head of Engineering Anaz Tajuddin said, “Given our route structure, we needed a single supplier that could provide both the hardware and service needed to maintain constant contact with our aircraft everywhere we fly.
Panasonic’s FlightLink will use Iridium’s global satellite-based communications system to support flight deck voice and data communication, as well as autonomous GPS-based flight tracking, in all areas AirAsia flies.
AirAsia is also installing Panasonic’s Tropospheric Airborne Meteorological Data Reporting (TAMDAR) atmospheric sensor, the aviation industry’s most advanced airborne weather instrument, enabling improved flight planning and situational display of atmospheric conditions, including icing and turbulence.
Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis said: “Our decade old vision of the connected aircraft has become a reality. This collaboration with a forward-looking airline like AirAsia is the proof of the business and safety improvement potential of our suite of services. Together, we’re ensuring constant situational awareness and communications with AirAsia’s aircraft – no matter where they fly.”