FTS High Speed Inflight Broadband Connectivity solution set to transform air travel in China

Boston, USA | September 24, 2018– With the CAAC (Civil Aviation Authority of China) relaxation of regulations early this year to allow passengers to use smartphones during flights, the China market has been buzzing with activities in a rush to provide Inflight Connectivity.  FTS announced at the APEX Expo 2018 in Boston, USA, that it is partnering with Qingdao Airlines in China to equip its entire fleet of A320 aircraft with the FTS XStream-SAT Broadband Connectivity system.

Qingdao Airlines is a fast expanding private airline in China, currently operating a fleet of 14 A320s and serving a route network of over 20 domestic destinations.  With its commitment to “Passenger First”, the airline has been outperforming the market and plans to expand to over 100 aircraft by 2025. “Even before the lifting of the ban on passengers using their smartphone, we had been actively looking for a solution that meets our needs. The timing is right now that the smartphone ban was lifted, ChinaSat launched its Ka-band satellites CS-16 and FTS is here with its XStream-SAT system to complete the puzzle“, said the spokesperson for Qingdao Airlines.

“We are extremely honored and delighted to be working with Qingdao Airlines on this groundbreaking agreement to equip their fleet with our XStream-SAT Broadband Connectivity solution.  In the end what won them over is that we are not just offering hardware, but a total solution including a business management platform that helps minimize cost, improve operational efficiency and maximize ancillary revenue.  FTS can offer local support, integration services and market know-how that differentiates us from other providers,” added Mr. Duan Shiping, President of the FTS group.

 

London | July 24, 2014– Air traffic management professionals from across the globe will be meeting in Beijing at the ATC Global exhibition and conference on 17-19 September 2014.

Running for its 24th year with full backing from China’s Air Navigation Service provider (ATMB) and China’s Aviation Regulator (CAAC), ATC Global will facilitate business partnerships and knowledge sharing between colleagues from over 100 countries, at the same time delivering an in-depth and varied educational programme offering cross-industry perspectives and the opportunity for vigorous discussion and debate.

Reflecting CAAC and ATMB’s support of ATC Global 2014, Wang Zhiqing, DDG CAAC and Wang Liya, DG ATMB will be opening the three-day conference focused on spearheading growth on 17 September.

Later that day, Dr. Joe Tymczyszyn, Executive Director, U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), Ralph Riedle, Chairman, Performance Review Commission and a senior representative from Airbus will lead a session on ATM demand, capacity and efficiency across global markets, using China as a case study.

On day two, the SESAR JU, ATMB and Thales will explore how different regions from around the world are managing the transition towards global system harmonisation, using guidance from ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) framework.

International collaboration, critical for the development of ATM is being discussed in a session later in the day. Pierre Bachelier, Head of ATM Programme Engineering, Airbus will review the impact of ATM developments in the cockpit.

On the final day of the conference, panellists from CAAC, Eurocontrol, Airbus-Prosky and SESAR will review the integral role of the airport in fulfilling key areas of the ASBU framework, in their role as nodes on the ATM system. Speakers will outline where ATM performance improvements have already been achieved at airports and will consider other initiatives underway, their impact and future plans.

The conference will also include thought-leadership sessions considering the impact of new technologies and procedures, including the introduction of remotely piloted aircraft in civil airspace, and collaboration between civil and military airspace managers.

Conference speaker Mr Frank Brenner, Director General, Eurocontrol comments “China is the fastest growing aviation market in the world and as we strive to improve the performance of the air traffic management network, we need to look beyond Europe in order to develop connections with the global network. We therefore look forward to ATC Global and the opportunities that it can offer.”

A programme of free educational workshops that feature: Single European Sky programmes; NextGen, Airport developments in China; ATM performance benchmarking and Global Air Traffic Flow Management will be running alongside the conference, in addition to an exhibitor-led seminar programme on the exhibition floor. Both will be open to visitors, exhibitors and delegates at ATC Global and will also cover topics including the introduction of centralised services; air navigation charges services and; an informal review of aircraft tracking and surveillance in context of the disappearance of MH370.

To find out more about the educational opportunities on offer at ATC Global or to register free of charge as a visitor, visit www.atcglobalhub.com.