LiveTV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways, has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the first commercial aircraft to install the Iridium OpenPort-Aero high-speed communications platform. Iridium OpenPort-Aero delivers aviation’s only satellite communications service with fully global coverage, providing vital high-speed data and voice connectivity to aircraft around the world. Iridium Communications Inc. operates the global Iridium satellite network and partnered with LiveTV to develop the Iridium OpenPort-Aero platform, utilizing the Iridium OpenPort broadband service.
Iridium OpenPort-Aero opens the door to a plethora of in-flight communications services for Airbus 320 aircraft flight crews and passengers. Voice and data services that Iridium OpenPort-Aero supports include: Email, text messaging, internet surfing, VPN, GSM voice and data, as well as crew voice and data, including electronic flight bags (EFB), ecommerce and real-time credit card validation. This simple and ultra-low cost terminal operates worldwide and the form factor can be customized to accommodate installation requirements of nearly all aircraft.
“The Iridium OpenPort-Aero platform is an ultra-low cost – but highly versatile – communications solution,” said Mike Moeller, vice president of sales, LiveTV. “With our first STC in-hand for the terminal, this really opens the door for airlines looking for low-cost connectivity solutions to support crew and passenger connectivity, such as EFBs and wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE).”
“Iridium is proud to deliver the only aviation broadband service that works wheels-up to wheels-down around the globe,” said Gregory Ewert, executive vice president, Global Distribution Channels, Iridium. “The Iridium OpenPort-Aero platform provides broadband connectivity at a fraction of the price of other aviation broadband solutions. We are pleased to be at the forefront of aviation communications, with our innovative partner LiveTV, in changing the way passengers email, tweet, surf, work or otherwise communicate in flight.”
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