NBAA 2013: Beechcraft adds ATG 2000 Wi-Fi to its aircraft

Beechcraft Corporation has announced that it has certified and began installations on a range of wireless in-flight connectivity equipment to fit low- and high-occupancy aircraft.

ATG 2000, a new Aircell equipment package that provides Gogo Biz in-flight internet and voice service, is now available today with certified Wi-Fi as an upgrade through Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) for most Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. HBS is offering introductory incentives to operators who purchase an ATG 2000 through the end of the year.

Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Global Customer Support says, “Our North American operators love this new option. The ATG 2000 bundles connectivity and voice service features in a perfectly sized and priced package that’s ideal for light-use King Air, Premier and Hawker operators.”

The ATG 2000 provides internet and voice services aboard aircraft with fewer users and/or lighter passenger loads. Users can connect up to three personal devices to the system, including smartphones, tablets and laptops, for general web browsing and e-mail using Aircell's air-to-ground network. The optional voice service gives passengers the capability to call and text in flight using their own smartphone and mobile number. ATG 2000 allows up to two simultaneous voice calls and as many as two devices for text messaging. Installation is affordable, while data and voice plans are much less expensive than any previous in-flight connectivity systems. Because the ATG 2000 doesn’t enable streaming video/audio services and the system supports a limited number of user devices, data consumption is naturally controlled – helping manage monthly service costs.

For aircraft that require more advanced features or the ability to connect a higher number of user devices, Beechcraft has certified the installation of Aircell’s ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 systems in new King Air 250 and 350i aircraft, and HBS offers upgrades on fielded King Air and Hawker aircraft.

HBS has already installed 50 systems in HBC aircraft, including 25 installations of the ATG 2000.

Liz Moscrop, Inflight /
Las Vegas, USA

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