By Laura Barnes
India's Kingfisher Airlines signs a deal with Sita for VHF AIRCOM data link services.
India’s Kingfisher Airlines has announced that it has signed a five-year contract with Sita for VHF AIRCOM data link services. Sita, which already has four VHF ground stations operational in India in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Calcutta, is currently in the process of installing VHF stations at 17 new sites in India as well as upgrading exisiting sites. The next two will be installed at Port Blair and Trivandrum.
“We have selected Sita because of its ability to provide nationwide VHF data communications coverage which allows us to centralise our operations at Mumbai. Sita is also committed to improving the VHF ground station network,” said Hitesh Patel, vice president, engineering, Kingfisher Airlines.
“We have been part of India’s aviation success for many years and we are very happy to work with an ambitious new arrival like Kingfisher Airlines. Once Kingfisher Airlines’ strategic operations control centre is operational, then data received via the VHF AIRCOM data link service will help cost savings in areas like flight dispatch, maintenance and fuel control. The ability to depend on data rather than voice communications will also relieve the pressure on pilots,” added Jamal El-Hoss, vice president, Middle East, Africa, South & Central Asia, Sita.