BETHESDA, MD - July 19, 2004 - Fractional provider NetJets has placed an order for 50 Aircell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its growing fleet of Raytheon Hawker 400XP light business jets.
The Aircell ST 3100 system offers NetJets’ owners affordable access to worldwide voice and data services at all altitudes and on the ground through the Iridium network of 66 low-earth orbiting (LEO) satellites. The satellite phone systems will be installed in the 400XPs prior to retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in the coming months.
"The Aircell Iridium system provides a very effective balance between features and cost of ownership for the 400XP aircraft telecommunication system," said Joe Bocsy, Manager of Avionics, NetJets. "With our long-standing relationship with Aircell, they have demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting the products they sell, which is crucial in our day-to-day operations. We look forward to working with Aircell and Iridium in the future with regard to new system enhancements as they become available."
"We're pleased to continue meeting the needs of NetJets and their passengers, and add to the many Aircell systems already installed in NetJets' fleet in Europe and the United States," said Bill Peltola, Aircell's Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
Iridium Chairman and CEO Carmen Lloyd commented, "Iridium provides unique solutions for voice and data communications in the aviation industry. Our worldwide satellite network provides the only truly global solution with seamless reliable coverage wherever aircraft fly."
Aircell® is the leader in global airborne telecommunications for the Business Aviation market. Its products are offered by virtually every fixed- and rotor-wing airframe manufacturer in business aviation, and are installed aboard the world’s four largest fractional ownership fleets. A single-source, turnkey provider of equipment, service, and technical support, Aircell simplifies airborne communications and keeps you In Touch, In Flight®.
The 2006 winner of the FCC’s exclusive broadband frequency license, Aircell is also pioneering a revolutionary new wireless broadband system for North America. Available only from Aircell, it will include robust Wi-Fi hotspots that enable airline passengers to surf the Internet, use e-mail, and log on to their corporate VPN’s using their personal 802.11a/b/g-equipped Wi-Fi data devices. The system will also offer airline operational communications capabilities and provide a path to a wealth of future cabin services.
Set for introduction in 2008, the new broadband service will also be available to business aircraft operators, offering a similar set of features.
Aircell (www.aircell.com) has facilities in Louisville, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois, USA.