Airtel provides Data Link communication software and test equipment to support the increase in demand for air travel globally.
Airtel is a global leader in Data Link systems. We supply operational and test Data Link solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Based in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Airtel began as a telecommunications company, moving to Aeronautical Telecommunications in 1998. Today Airtel’s solutions enable over 6,000 aircraft to connect to the ATC network.
Frank O’Connor co-founded Airtel in 1998, taking on the role of CEO in 2002.
The Airtel story began in 1990 in datacoms company Retix, where Frank headed an engineering team implementing telecoms systems which included ATN experimental systems for Eurocontrol and other organisations. Over the past 25 years, Frank built a team of leading experts in Air Traffic Management Data Link communications.
Prior to co-founding Airtel, he worked in several software development companies including US multi-nationals Retix and CACI. He started his career in 1976 at Systems Dynamics, where he spent eight years, including two in Germany and the Netherlands. He was a non-executive director at Aer Lingus until 2015 when it was acquired by AIG.
Head of R&D
Giulio joined Airtel as lead software engineer in 2013 where he was responsible for all phases of the software development life cycle including site integration and customer support. He was made Head of Research & Development in April 2019.
Giulio has a strong background in the ATM industry. He began his career as a software engineer working on Thales ATM systems for 10 years.
His responsibilities now include the product development strategy and ATN Router product management. He also manages our significant R&D budget which includes European projects such as SESAR 2020, IRIS programme and DLS Recovery plan.
Head of HR and Quality
Síofra Oliver has worked for Airtel since 2009 and has been the Human Resource Manager since 2014. She has a degree in Psychology and post-graduate qualification in Human Resource Management.
Síofra has led Quality within the company since 2015, achieving ISO Certified status in 2015. Síofra has led initiatives in graduate recruitment, wellness and wellbeing, Health and Safety, putting employee’s satisfaction as a priority within Airtel.