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Korean Air renews partnership with ARINC

Veronica C. Silva | Sept. 11, 2013
New contracts make ARINC the S. Korean airline’s satcom provider.

They have been partners since the late-1980s and their partnership continues to grow. 

Korean Air recently announced that it has renewed a few more contracts with airline services provider ARINC, this time in the area of communications services. 

ARINC said the South Korean airline renewed its contract for wide area network services, called AviNet, and data and voice communication services, GLOBALink. These contract renewals mean ARINC has become Korean Air’s “primary SATCOM service provider.” 

Under the renewed terms, ARINC will continue to provide services such as AviNet Airport, Type A and Type B messaging as well as a full range of data link and voice flight communications services, including GLOBALink/VHF, GLOBALink/HF, satellite communications and voice communications. GLOBALink products and services provide voice & data communications, in-flight applications, and radio installation & maintenance solutions. 

Evolving needs 

S.M. Lee, chief information officer and senior vice president, Information Technology, Korean Air, said they renewed their contract with ARINC because the latter continues to serve their growing business needs. 

“ARINC has delivered services and support for Korean Air for 26 years and continues to demonstrate consistent commitment to reliability and innovative excellence,” added Lee.

For its part, ARINC Korea said it continues to serve the evolving needs of Korean Air. K.B. Cho, director, ARINC Korea, expressed confidence that they have the solutions that Korean Air needs now and in the future. 

“Every day, ARINC helps more than 14,000 commercial aircraft for over 300 airlines execute over 100,000 take offs and landings with mission-critical network and communication capabilities,” said Cho. “ARINC remains committed to meeting the evolving needs of airlines like Korean Air with our portfolio of capabilities and applications. We evolve as our customers evolve, and airlines can certainly depend on us to maximise performance, safety and operational excellence.”

Korean Air is one of several airlines in Asia that relies on ARINC for aviation-related services. ARINC also earlier signed similar contracts with Xiamen Airlines and Thai Airways for the GLOBALink solution while China Southern, Hainan Airlines, and China Eastern have signed up for ARINC’s AviNet Airport wide-area network service. 

With ARINC’s 26-year partnership with Korean Air, the airline is one of ARINC’s largest communications customers in the region. 


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