SEATTLE, WA [WAEA Conference] - September 21, 2004 - Island Air has selected Aircell's ST 3100 Satcom system to provide operational voice communication services aboard its fleet of de Havilland Dash 8 aircraft. After certification of the first aircraft installation, the company plans to equip the balance of its fleet, which currently stands at 15 aircraft.
The Aircell ST 3100 Satcom system is an advanced, lightweight satellite telecommunications system that provides worldwide, all-altitude voice and data communication through the Iridium satellite network.
The Aircell systems will be used by Island Air to provide an effective, low-cost communication link between the company’s dispatch center and flight crews while airborne and at outlying stations on the ground. The installations will incorporate Aircell handsets in the cockpit.
"We needed a simple, reliable system to keep our flight crews in touch with dispatch, and the Aircell system is perfect," said Charles J. (Joe) Edwards, Island Air Vice President, Flight Operations. "Plus, as a company, Aircell is very easy to do business with. Their support has been fantastic, and we like the fact that they provide everything we need under one roof - equipment, service, technical support, and billing."
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.