ARINC (Booth P95), a leader of ground-based data distribution and management, is making its world debut here as a Rockwell Collins (Booth Q79) company following the completion of the acquisition for $1.4 billion on December 23.

“With this move we take a major leap forward to realizing our vision of providing a richer set of seamless information management solutions that encompass the aircraft and ground-based systems,” said Kelly Ortberg, CEO and president of Rockwell Collins, at that time. “The acquisition represents an exciting new growth platform for Rockwell Collins and shifts the balance of the company toward the expanding commercial aviation sector.

“Combining ARINC’s high-performance, high-quality and high-assurance networks and services with our information systems onboard the aircraft strengthens our ability to deliver improved efficiency and safety, and enhanced connectivity,” added Ortberg. “In addition, the acquisition opens up adjacent market opportunities by leveraging ARINC’s strong presence in airport information systems and the broader transportation and security segments.”

The combination will be “pretty powerful” in the information management sphere, and could lead to “exponential growth in managing aircraft information,” said Colin Mahoney, vice president for sales and marketing for commercial systems at Rockwell Collins, just before the Singapore Airshow. Collins supplies onboard information management systems on new airliners such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 XWB, and on most new business jets. “When we add ARINC Direct to weather communications, trip planning and scheduling solutions in business aviation, we have a very powerful product,” he said.

“For our information management strategy, acquiring ARINC is a marriage made in heaven.”

The majority of integration activities are expected to be completed in six to nine months.