Lufthansa Group installed Collins Aerospace data link solution on 700 aircraft

  • Collins Aerospace now sole data link solution provider for the airline
  • Comprehensive solution addresses cockpit data needs
  • Installation completed in just over three months
  • Solution included Collins’ data radios

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (Dec. 19, 2018) - Lufthansa Group has selected Collins Aerospace ARINC GLOBALinkSM to implement an advanced air-to-ground aviation communications network in support of its worldwide passenger communication requirements. This group includes Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter, SWISS and Lufthansa German Airlines.

The ARINC GLOBALink service delivers highly secure and reliable voice and data communications between the aircraft and ground operations over a private aviation network that features 99.999 percent availability. The solution enables Lufthansa to use data link messages to improve departure control and turnaround, send and receive real-time aircraft and engine data to improve maintenance operations, and upload gate connection information to aircraft inflight entertainment displays.

“We selected Collins Aerospace as our new data link provider because of its comprehensive approach to flight deck communications,” said Andreas Ritter, head of Flight Operations Procedures & Technology Group Airlines for Lufthansa Group. “The fact that we can now work with one company for our software, hardware and service needs is a major benefit to our airline.”

As part of the agreement, Collins Aerospace also provided Lufthansa with Collins’ data radios to ensure the cockpit hardware can communicate with the ground as efficiently as possible via enhanced network performance.

“Transitioning a fleet of 700 aircraft to a new network service is no small feat,” said Michael DiGeorge, vice president of Commercial Aviation and Network Services for Collins Aerospace. “Working in collaboration with Lufthansa we were able to complete the migration without any service disruptions in just over three months. We believe a migration of this size in this short of a timeframe is an industry first.”

Lufthansa is using Collins’ entire suite of ARINC GLOBALink services, including Very High Frequency, SATCOM, and High Frequency Data Link to meet the airline’s diverse range of aviation communication needs.

About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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