Gulf Air’s new fleet of 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft are to be supported by GlobalConnect managed digital service from Collins Aerospace.

“As a major international carrier serving 47 cities in 26 countries spanning three continents, it’s critical that we keep our flying crew better informed while providing better data collection and improved analytics to drive operational efficiency and reduced maintenance,” said Gulf Air’s chief operations officer Captain Suhail Abdulhameed Ismaeel.

With the airline moving towards an all-digital operation, GlobalConnect provides a single communications solution, with compatibility between new internet protocol links, such as broadband satellite, Wi-Fi or cellular, and legacy aircraft communications addressing and reporting system, or ACARS, communication channels. The service includes a hosted and managed cloud environment.

GlobalConnect enables highly secure, bi-directional exchange of data between the aircraft and ground operations, including aircraft maintenance and performance data. The systems also supports data feeds to the growing number of mobile applications that are being used by flight crews. These include efficiency applications such as weather, flight planning, logbooks, maintenance and performance calculators, all of which bring new levels of productivity and value to airline operations.

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