EAST AURORA, N.Y. Officials at Air Esurfing (ARE), a subsidiary of Air Media Group and communication company dedicated to providing in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) services to airlines in China, has selected Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ:ATRO), a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, in Waukegan, Illinois, to provide products and services for aircraft connectivity systems and supplemental type certificates (STCs) on a variety of aircraft for Chinese airlines, including up to 300 Airbus and Boeing passenger jets.
Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification group will perform the work on this contract, providing certification services to generate the antenna STC and the cabin distribution system Validation STC (VSTC) in partnership with ARE and Lufthansa Technik AG, the connectivity service provider for this project.
Astronics CSC will provide systems certification, adapter plates, and installation kits on IFEC systems for up to 300 Chinese airline aircraft. (Photo: Business Wire)
As part of the award, Astronics will also provide adapter plates and installation kits for the aircraft. The initial award is for non-recurring engineering (NRE) costs and trial kits. Once the system is tested and approved, Astronics will support the installation of connectivity systems on up to 300 Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft from its operations center in Toulouse, France.
“We continue to serve as the industry’s global, go-to partner for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) certification services and hardware,” says Michael Kuehn, President of Astronics CSC. “This represents yet another opportunity for Astronics to provide a menu of aircraft connectivity solutions to this growing and evolving market, especially in Asia.”
Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (formerly Telefonix PDT and Astronics Armstrong Aerospace) provides IFEC hardware and certification services for aircraft. Astronics CSC has worked on over 100 projects for industry partners to upgrade and certify commercial and business aircraft with new passenger power systems, IFEC, navigation, communication and flight safety systems. Additionally, Astronics CSC offers proven IFEC hardware systems, flexible design platforms, high customer satisfaction, and long-term relationships with industry leaders to help make the connected aircraft a reality.
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) serves the world’s aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries with technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 manufacturing organizations rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics, officials say.