NBAA2010: AirCell books Gulfstream for connectivity

Gulfstream Aerospace is offering Aircell communications systems throughout its product families, making available Gogo Biz and SwiftBroadband as a factory installation.

Gogo Biz Inflight Internet provides high-speed internet service throughout the Continental US, putting the experience users have on the ground into the air. Aircell offers Gogo Biz in two different equipment packages, the ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 which are available on the G150, G200, G350, G450, G500 and G550.

Aircell’s SwiftBroadband Solution provides global e-mail, light internet and voice services. It operates over Inmarsat I-4 satellites. The package for Gulfstream is based on the AVIATOR 300 system powered by Thrane & Thrane. It is available on the Gulfstream G150 and G200.

In addition to the two high-speed connectivity services detailed above, the announcement also includes Aircell Axxess, which includes two built-in channels of Iridium satellite service for global voice and narrowband data service. It is also fully compatible with Aircell’s Gogo Biz and/or SwiftBroadband systems, for operators wishing to add high-speed connectivity service. The Aircell Axxess system is now standard or optional equipment on the G200, G350, G450, G500 and G550.

“We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with Gulfstream on this exciting new programme,” commened John Wade, executive vice-president and general manager. “Inflight connectivity has become a required service and with a full range of connectivity technologies now available at the factory, customers can select the services that best meet their particular needs,” he concluded.

In most cases, Gulfstream is offering Aircell connectivity systems individually or in combination.

Kathryn Creedy, US correspondent, Inflight/Inflight Online

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