LOUISVILLE, CO. – December 6, 2005 – Following a very successful product introduction at NBAA in Orlando, Aircell announces that Cessna Aircraft Company has selected the Aircell Axxess™ satcom system as a factory option on Citation X, Sovereign and XLS business jets.
Aircell Axxess is an all-new, multi-channel, wireless and broadband-ready satcom system designed for medium-to-large business aircraft. The standard Aircell Axxess system includes two Iridium satellite communications channels for quality voice and narrowband data services. Through its integrated expansion ports, up to two additional Iridium channels can be added to suit the operator’s needs. In addition, through the system’s Ethernet port, operators can add an Inmarsat broadband connection on a plug-and-play basis.
Aircell Axxess’ standard, FAA-certified handsets include large, color displays – an industry first – as well as advanced noise cancelling technology and standard ear bud/headset jacks for clear, quiet calling.
“Aircell has enabled us to offer an affordable Iridium solution to our customers that desire worldwide, dual-channel airborne telephone capability,” said Joel Mugglin, Cessna International Customer Solution Manager. “In addition, Aircell’s future plans for expansion of the system as well as a proven history of customer focus have given us a high degree of confidence in offering their new Aircell Axxess system on Citation aircraft.”
Aircell Axxess is slated to be available on Citation X, Sovereign and XLS aircraft beginning in the third quarter of 2006. “We’re proud to continue our long association with Cessna, and proud that they share our vision for the future of airborne communications,” said Bill Peltola, Aircell Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “Never before has so much capability been so affordable, and with new generations of broadband links becoming available in the next couple years, it will only get better.”
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.