Critical communications with no stopovers

As the demand for world travel continues to grow, and competing airlines are pressured to operate more cost-efficiently, the commercial aviation industry requires low-cost communication solutions that provide reliable aircraft connectivity, wherever they fly.

Iridium and its partners provide commercial aviation solutions that help improve aircraft safety, streamline operations, and allow for reliable, efficient communication between onboard crew members, air traffic control and ground crews.

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Exceptional value for aircraft of any

A leader in aviation satellite communications, Iridium offers customers several key competitive advantages, including:

  • Highly reliable global coverage, on the ground and in the air
  • Low total lifecycle costs of long-range communications solutions
  • Small form factor equipment, making it easy to install
  • Low-gain antenna options offering less drag on the aircraft
  • Competitive universal rates
  • Secure Air Traffic Control/Aeronautical Operational Control (ATC/AOC) communications for Safety Voice and Future Air Navigation System (FANS)
  • Smooth transition and forward compatibility to our next generation satellite constellation, providing connectivity for decades to come.
Operational Communications


Meeting the needs of the
commercial aviation community

From the cockpit to the cabin, Iridium and its partners enable fast, reliable means of voice and data communications to help improve both safety and efficiency in commercial aircraft operations.

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Keeping data flowing to and from aircrafts

Keeping data flowing to and from

Through the power of high-value IoTconversations, Iridium redefines operational control for commercial aircrafts by giving operators near real-time access to global data including:

  • An immediate picture of relevant operational parameters
  • Tracking, exception reporting, trending data, alerts and alarms
  • The latest weather charts and environmental information
  • Up-to-date information regarding route and air traffic
  • Black box data streaming

Iridium Certus℠, anticipated to be available starting in 2017 as Iridium’s next-generation satellites come online, will offer broadband service for operational and passenger communications with greater speeds up to 1.4 megabits per second with a single user terminal.

Crew Communications


Keeping crew connected,

Counted on by many of the world’s leading commercial airlines, Iridium and its partners offer a range of solutions that enable crew members to better manage onboard resources and communicate in-flight incidents, equipment malfunctions and medical emergencies to ground teams more efficiently.

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Critical communications between
land and sky

Through the power of our global network and world-class aviation partners, Iridium provides a vital line of communication between the cabin crew and their team on the ground. Iridium-enabled solutions help meet a variety of distinct commercial airline needs, including:

  • In-flight credit card sales
  • Inventory and restocking logistics
  • Ground-crew alert systems for medical and other emergencies
  • Airline maintenance monitoring
Safety Services


Cost-effective Safety Services

At 35,000 feet in the air, safety is everything. A reliable, lower-cost alternative to traditional networks, Iridium is the only satellite communications provider capable of offering critical air-to-ground flight safety voice and data service to commercial aircraft around the globe.

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A range of global flight safety solutions

A range of global flight safety

Iridium commercial aviation solutions help keep crew, craft and passengers secure with global flight safety services such as:

  • Air Traffic Service (ATS) Safety Voice
  • Future Air Navigation System (FANS) over Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS)
  • Aeronautical Operational Control/Airline Administrative Control (AOC/AAC) communications
  • Flight Following/tracking
  • Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) data streaming
The truly global advantage


The truly global advantage

Powered by a unique global constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellites, Iridium provides coverage over the Earth’s entire surface — including over oceanic and polar routes where no other communications are available.

Partner ecosystem

An engine for global innovation

Iridium is proud to support a strong partner ecosystem driven by value-added collaboration, powered by Iridium core technologies and focused on delivering global communications solutions that connect people and information in exciting new ways.


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