AirAsia ramps up flight safety, operational efficiency

Panasonic Avionics Corporation said it has been chosen by AirAsia to equip its aircraft with FlightLink®, its industry-leading aircraft tracking and flight deck communications system.

Additionally, Panasonic will be providing 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 24 hours a day.

Panasonic´s FlightLink uses 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. Additionally, the system provides fully integrated data communications for the aircraft´s ACARS system and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs).

As part of the overall solution, Panasonic has partnered in this offering with UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), which is supplying key enabling components to the EFB installation on these aircraft, including the onboard Aircraft Interface Device (AID), Tablet Interface Modules (TIM), and associated EFB mounting hardware and brackets.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a US corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 4,100 employees and operations in 80 locations worldwide, it serves over 300 customers worldwide and provides IFEC systems on over 6,000 aircraft.