ORLANDO, FL [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – October 18, 2006 – Aircell is proud to announce that Dassault Falcon Jet has selected the Aircell Axxess™ Satcom system as a factory option on its entire line of Falcon business jets.
Aircell Axxess is now available aboard the Falcon 50EX, 2000, 2000EX EASy, 900DX, and 900EX EASy, and it will also be available on the new 7X. The systems include a Wi-Fi hotspot and the customer’s choice of Aircell’s new color handsets.
“The Aircell Axxess satcom system has become very popular with our customers, and we look forward to having it available on all our production aircraft,” said Eric Monsel, Vice President, Programs, Dassault Falcon Jet.
“We’re pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with Dassault, and proud to see the Aircell Axxess system selected for another OEM airframe program,” said Jack Blumenstein, Aircell President & CEO. “Straight from the factory, Aircell Axxess offers Falcon operators a robust set of communications capabilities, and also makes it easy to expand in the future as new airborne technologies become available.”
Aircell Axxess is a family of latest-generation, multi-channel, satcom 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 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. Also standard are Aircell’s new, 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. Using integrated expansion ports, up to two additional Iridium channels can be added to Aircell Axxess to suit an operator’s needs. Additional system capabilities are coming on line regularly.
Dassault Falcon is responsible for selling and supporting Falcon business jets throughout the world. It is part of Dassault Aviation, a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 70 countries across 5 continents. Dassault Aviation produces the renowned Mirage and Rafale fighter jets as well as a complete line of Falcon business jets. The company has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities on both continents. It employs a total workforce of over 12,000.
Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 1,650 Falcon jets have been delivered to more than 65 countries worldwide.
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.