ARINC and Partner Bird Consultancy Services (BCS) Extend GLOBALinkSM VHF to 4 Indian Airports

Singapore/New Delhi (ARINC) - ARINC Incorporated, together with its regional communications partner Bird Consultancy Services (BCS) today announced the launch of ARINC GLOBALinkSM VHF data link communications at four major airports in India.

The companies have deployed new VHF air-ground stations at New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai airports. The service launch represents ARINC’s first GLOBALink VHF coverage in the sub-continent.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our expansion plans for GLOBALink in Asia Pacific, and in our ability to offer more customers the benefits of Data Link services,” said Randy Pizzi, Vice President and Managing Director, ARINC Asia/Pacific. “I am very pleased to share this moment with our partners, BCS, who have been invaluable in helping launch GLOBALink service in India.”

Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director of Bird Consultancy Services, added, “This announcement strengthens our commitment to the aviation market in offering customers a wide range of services and the ability to harness future technologies to help raise their operational efficiencies, while keeping costs low.”

ARINC has more than 190 VHF Remote Ground Stations in the Asia Pacific region, providing airline operational communications as well as supporting air traffic services. Each ground station supports several hundred square miles of airspace. BCS provides coordination and assistance in the deployment and operation of the four Indian VHF stations, including “First Call” maintenance.

ARINC and BCS are looking into other rapidly emerging markets in India for the introduction of GLOBALink and other aviation communication services.

The Bird Group along with its consultancy division, Bird Consultancy Services (BCS) is committed to the cause of automation of the travel industry, providing Reservation Data Maintenance for remote IT services to major airlines and GDS systems, and serving the marketing, sales and distribution needs of the Indian subcontinent's travel and tourism industry. It also provides ground handling services, passenger handling, aviation security, automation of civil airports, and comprehensive solutions in the field of satellite communications. The Group has 3000 employees in 40 offices across the Indian subcontinent.

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