China Eastern Airlines signs with ARINC for three GLOBALinkSM services

SINGAPORE (ARINC) - The Asia Pacific Division of ARINC Incorporated today announced it has been awarded a major communications contract by Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines Co., Ltd., one of China’s largest passenger carriers.

Under the contract, which was awarded in competitive bidding, ARINC will provide its advanced GLOBALinkSM/VHF, GLOBALink/HF, and GLOBALink/Satellite (Satcom) communication services for China Eastern.

“The rapid growth of passenger aviation today, especially in China, has placed pressure on airlines to deliver improved services for passengers along with enhanced safety,” said Mr. Shi Guofeng, Managing Director, Airlines Operations Control, China Eastern Airlines. “ARINC’s GLOBALink services have the flexibility to meet our extensive communication requirements very nicely, at a price point we are comfortable with.”

“We greatly appreciate the confidence China Eastern Airlines places in our GLOBALink service,” stated Randy Pizzi, Managing Director of ARINC Asia/Pacific. “ARINC views China as a highly strategic market, and we plan to further enhance our infrastructure there while we support China Eastern with exceptional service.”

GLOBALink/VHF is ARINC’s cost-effective, high-reliability VHF data link service, the primary technology behind the world standard ACARS® Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System. ACARS is used globally for air operational control and, increasingly, for traffic control. There are currently more than 120 GLOBALink remote ground stations in operation throughout China, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

On remote routes China Eastern will make use of ARINC’s unique GLOBALink/HF data link. The only service of its type, GLOBALink/HF takes advantage of the extreme long range of HF signals, which can travel halfway around the world. GLOBALink/HF expands reliable data link connectivity to many of the world’s most remote air routes, including the busy polar routes where no satellite coverage exists.

China Eastern Airlines Corporation was established in 1995 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China. China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited is majority owned by China Eastern Air Holding Company. As of December 31, 2004, the company operated a total of 238 air routes, of which 59 were international routes and 179 were inland routes, including 15 Hong Kong routes. The company also provides airport ground services, including aircraft cleaning, refueling, loading, unloading, storage, and ground transportation of cargo and passenger luggage.

ARINC Incorporated is the world leader in transportation communications and systems engineering. The company develops and operates communications and information processing systems and provides systems engineering and integration solutions to five key industries: airports, aviation, defense, government, and surface transportation. Founded to provide reliable and efficient radio communications for the airlines, ARINC is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, and operates key regional offices in London and Singapore, with over 3,000 employees worldwide. ARINC is ISO 9001:2000 Certified.

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