Posted on: 09 October 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Cessna Aircraft Company has announced it will offer Gogo Biz connectivity as a factory option for the Citation CJ4 beginning in the first quarter of 2012.
Cessna’s efforts to engineer and certify the system on the CJ4 platform are underway and are slated for completion in January.Gogo Biz enables passengers and flight crews to enjoy high-speed Internet capabilities above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, EFBs, smartphones and other mobile devices.
In addition, the CJ4 already includes global Iridium voice capabilities from connectivity provider, Aircell, as standard equipment. With integrated cabin handsets, passengers and crews can place and receive voice calls to or from anywhere in the world and enjoy call waiting, call forwarding, and conference calling features.
"We’re pleased to debut Aircell’s wireless, high-speed Internet capability for the first time ever as a factory-installed option on a light jet. We’re giving customers complete freedom and control of their travel time," commented Business Leader for CJ series products, Don Beverlin. "Whether checking email, connecting to the company network, catching up on the latest news, accessing ebooks and magazines, or just surfing the web – we’re stepping up the possibilities. We’ve worked with Aircell for many years and we continue to believe in their vision. Their ability to give us a complete range of connectivity solutions, network services and equipment packages across Cessna’s diverse range of business aircraft is exactly what we need."
The CJ4’s standard equipment package currently includes the Aircell Axxess cabin communications system for worldwide voice capabilities. The new high speed Internet option will add an ATG 4000 high speed internet transceiver, a Cabin Telecommunications Router (CTR), and dual antennas mounted beneath the fuselage.
"Connectivity plays an increasingly central role in all of our lives today, and business aircraft operators fully expect those services to be available when they fly," declared Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager, John Wade. "Cessna’s decision to offer a full complement of voice and high-speed internet services aboard a light jet is another clear sign that in-flight technology has become smaller, lighter and more affordable."