Iridium expands partnership with Thales to delivery aircraft connectivity and avionics services

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) has announced global aviation leader Thales as the newest Iridium Certus aviation service provider, the company said.

Thales, which already develops the Iridium Certus-based FlytLINK terminal and antenna, will now be able to offer both Iridium Certus terminals and Iridium Certus connectivity services to business jets, commercial aircraft, rotorcraft, general aviation and UAVs.

Iridium Certus is the only L-band broadband platform providing truly global connectivity and upon aviation terminal availability, will provide a state-of-the-art solution for two-way flight deck and business cabin communications.

Thales plans to be first to market with an Iridium Certus aviation product and has a unique place in the Iridium Certus partner ecosystem as the only company manufacturing land, maritime and aviation terminals. This includes a hybrid FlytLINK solution that combines Iridium Certus capabilities with Iridium´s traditional narrowband services, including safety services, which will be available with its initial release.

Iridium Communications Inc. is a mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe that enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time.