Malaysia Airlines Selects Thales Satcom
Malaysia Airlines will equip its incoming fleet of Boeing 737s with the Thales TopFlight satellite communication system. The airline placed a firm order in 2008 for 35 Boeing 737-800s, with an option for an additional 20 in a deal worth $4.2 billion at list prices. Boeing is due to deliver the first of those airplanes in October. The Thales satcom systems will be used for cockpit and cabin communications over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband network, capable of providing datalink connections at speeds up to 432 kbps. Thales’ TopFlight satcom system is available as an option in the Boeing 737 and 777 passenger and freighter versions. It can be configured for standalone cockpit or integrated cockpit and cabin connectivity.