SR Technics has signed a contract with Panasonic Avionics for the installation of Panasonic’s new in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system, the Ku-band satellite-based global communications suite (GCS). The agreement covers the modification of the Gulf Air Airbus A330 and A320 family fleet comprising 30 aircraft as well as the modification of a Middle Eastern airline’s A319. The new GCS system offers wireless high-speed broadband Internet access for WLAN-enabled laptops and smart phones, and GSM mobile phone service. Under the agreement work started in September 2011 and will take one and a half years to complete. All work will be carried out in Zurich. Future opportunities will be reviewed, following this initial installation program.
Leonardo secured additional helicopter orders worth €470 million at Heli-Expo 2023
Italian aerospace, defence and security specialist Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) sold approaching 40 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia on March 7-9 this year. Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to take place between 2023 and 2026. The sales involve AW139s, AW169s and AW109s which will be used for energy support, rescue and public service