Virgin Atlantic chooses high-gain SATCOM antennas from Cobham for its fleet of seven Boeing 747 jetliners
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 29 Nov. 2011. Avionics experts at Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. in Crawley, England, needed high-gain satellite communications (SATCOM) antennas for the airline's Boeing 747 cabin upgrade program, which will begin in 2012. They found their solution from Cobham plc Antenna Systems segment in Cape Town, South Africa. Virgin Atlantic will retrofit seven of its Boeing 747 jumbo passenger jets with the Cobham antenna, which will enable Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) SATCOM connectivity into the cockpit and cabin.
Cobham SATCOM equipment has been certified for the Boeing 737, 747, 777 passenger jetliners, as well as for the Airbus A320 and A330/A340 families of aircraft. Certification is expected soon for the Airbus A400M and A380, Cobham officials say. Cobham antennas also have been selected for the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 aircraft.