As connected aircraft operations improve efficiencies and reduce costs, the airline industry is expected to see annual savings of around $15 billion. At the same time, these new generation aircraft generate up to four times the amount of Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) data than their predecessors – leading to cost and congestion increases that reduce the overall operational gain. In response, airlines are now looking for new ways to improve throughput and reduce these costs by sending particular messages over different media.
ACARS over IP (AoIP) is the newest option for these communications. AoIP harnesses the advantages of ACARS while also utilizing the growing availability and decreasing cost of broadband cellular connectivity on the ground, and IP capable SATCOM connectivity when airborne.