Hawaiian Airlines plans to install SwiftBroadband from Inmarsat on its fleet of Boeing 767-300s. "We fly mostly oceanic routes so VHF is of limited use and satellite communications will help us achieve real-time data far more effectively than before," said Ken Rewick, vice president of flight operations at the carrier. Hawaiian is the first U.S. commercial airline to use the service.
Hawaiian Airlines will use Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband Safety service to track and communicate with its aircraft via satellite. "We fly mostly oceanic routes so VHF is of limited use and satellite communications will help us achieve real-time data far more effectively than before," said Ken Rewick, vice president of flight operations for the carrier.
Japan's All Nippon Airways and the Philippines' Cebu Pacific Air are set to receive Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband via OnAir. Starting sometime in 2013, passengers will be able to access in-flight Wi-Fi and make calls using Voice over IP applications with the service. SwiftBroadband is already in use on more than 2,500 aircraft systems worldwide.
The Transportation Security Administration is inviting travelers with consistent travel histories at Delta Air Lines and American Airlines to participate in the pilot testing of its "known traveler" program. The program is intended to speed up the lines at security checkpoints. The TSA is implementing the pilot program for free at Miami International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Dallas-Fort Worth International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airports.
Inmarsat says it has drummed up more customer interest by lowering the price of its SwiftBroadband system. "With the new flexible pricing, SBB is packaged and set up in such a way that it can support sustainable passenger Wi-Fi Internet access if you want to do that," said Lars Ringertz, head of aeronautical marketing for Inmarsat.