ATLANTA, GA [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – September 24, 2007 – Aircell is pleased to announce that Gulfstream Aerospace has selected the Aircell Axxess™ cabin communications system as standard factory equipment aboard the entire family of Gulfstream large-cabin business jets. The announcement comes during a period of extraordinary growth at Aircell, and adds to the more than two dozen factory aircraft programs where Aircell equipment is offered as standard or optional equipment.
The program continues a burgeoning business relationship between the two companies, which began in October of last year when Gulfstream selected the Aircell Axxess EZ system as its aftermarket MagnaStar ® -replacement. Gulfstream continues to offer that system on a retrofit basis through its network of U.S. service centers and third-party authorized facilities.
Jack Blumenstein, Aircell President & CEO, said, “We’re proud to extend our partnership with Gulfstream to the production line of their large-cabin jets. Having another Aircell system selected by one of the world’s most respected aircraft manufacturers is a wonderful affirmation of the leadership position we’ve earned over the years.”
Aircell will begin shipping production Aircell Axxess systems to Gulfstream later this year, to be installed in large cabin aircraft delivering in the second quarter of 2008.
About Aircell Axxess
Aircell Axxess is a family of latest-generation, multi-channel, cabin communication systems designed for medium-to-large business aircraft. With its “network neutral” design philosophy, Aircell Axxess equips aircraft with a modular, flexible cabin architecture that serves the operator’s needs today, and provides the ability to upgrade as new technologies and links – such as Aircell broadband – become available in the future.
Aircell Axxess comes standard with two built-in channels of Iridium satellite communications for quality, worldwide voice and narrowband data services with full PBX functionality. Using integrated expansion ports, additional Inmarsat or Iridium channels can be added to Aircell Axxess to suit an operator’s needs.
Also standard are Aircell’s FAA-certified handsets with large, color displays – an industry first – as well as advanced noise reduction technology and standard ear bud/headset jacks for clear, quiet calling. Wireless capabilities include a full 802.11b/g Wi-Fi “hotspot” which, when paired with a broadband connection, such as Inmarsat or Aircell broadband (2008), can be used to operate personal laptops, PDA’s and other Wi-Fi devices in the cabin.
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.