ARINC Incorporated announced that a Letter of Intent has been signed with Virgin Atlantic Airways to supply its new on-board Wi-Fi solution and Cabin Connect. Virgin Atlantic is the first customer to sign for the new offering that is to start early 2013 to introduce the service to its passengers on a trial basis on 3 of its Airbus A330.
Director of ARINC's Satellite Solutions and Cabin Services, Lee Costin said, "We are especially delighted that Virgin Atlantic Airways, a long-term ARINC customer for more than 12 years, is the first company to confirm it will take Cabin Connect on trial. Virgin Atlantic Airways is an airline that is internationally recognized for its strong commitment to enhanced passenger communications and as such is a perfect fit to launch Cabin Connect.".
Paul Sands, Head of Customer Experience for Virgin Atlantic adds, “Cabin Connect is an advanced and attractive offering from ARINC and we are delighted to be providing this service on some of our long-haul services in the New Year. It represents a strong value proposition made possible through the significant developments in SwiftBroadband technology." In 2010, Virgin Atlantic pioneered ARINC's Live News content, a SwiftBroadband-enabled program that provides passengers with live audio content sent directly to the aircraft at regularly scheduled intervals.
ARINC's Cabin Connect, launched at the annual Airline Passenger Experience conference and exhibition last September, enables airline passengers to access the Internet directly from their own personal electronic devices, whether laptop, smart phone, tablet or gaming device, that provides commercial carriers with a cost-effective and highly flexible option for cabin connectivity.