Posted on: 22 October 2013 by Mark Howells
OnAir is to provide the fully certified complete range of its in-flight connectivity products on Associated Air Center’s (AAC) Boeing B747-800i VVIP completion programme, for an undisclosed customer.
This is the first time Boeing’s flagship aircraft type has been equipped with OnAir’s GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The system comprises both Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir, and means that the owner, and the plane’s passengers and crew, will have access to the full range of connectivity options, including email, calls, text messages and the internet. Passengers will be able to use their own personal electronic devices in exactly the same way as they do on the ground.
Ian Dawkins, OnAir’s CEO says, “Many of our existing customers have extended the deployment of our connectivity throughout their fleets and we have seen a whole raft of new customers.”
OnAir connectivity technology is highly flexible and can be fitted both in the factory and as retrofit to a wide range of VIP aircraft. It is certified on the Falcon 7X, the A320 family, A330s, A340s, B737s and is now undergoing certification on B747-800i.
Boeing’s fourth generation 747 passenger aircraft entered service in July 2012 and this OnAir-equipped aircraft will be delivered in 2015. TriaGnoSys’ GSMConneX hardware will be installed on the B747-800i, linking the OnAir services to the ground over Inmarsat’s global SwiftBroadband network.
OnAir provides almost worldwide connectivity, and has regulatory authorizations from nearly 100 countries and roaming agreements with over 350 mobile network operators. The company uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband global service.
Liz Moscrop, Inflight / Inflight-Online.com
Las Vegas, USA