DUBAI: Arinc eyes more Cabin Connect deals

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Arinc is in talks with potential new customers for its Cabin Connect in-flight broadband product as its trial with Virgin Atlantic continues to yield positive results.

Virgin Atlantic begin a three aircraft trial of its Cabin Connect service in June and both airline and supplier have reported a successful introduction into service.

"Its going well from both a passenger take-up and from a passenger experience point of view," say Arinc director satellite solution and cabin services, Lee Costin.

Cabin Connect provides a wireless internet connection in the cabin with an installation that includes the server and four connectivity access points, enabling passengers to access connectivity directly on their own

Buoyed by the success of its trial - Virgin itself will make a decision on the service next year after its completion - Costin is seeing strong interest from other airlines for the service. "We are talking to a number of airlines in pretty much of every region," he says.