Aircell Announces Next-generation Handsets for Best-selling Satcom System

PALM SPRINGS, CA [AEA Annual Convention] – April 20, 2006 – Aircell announces all-new, next-generation handsets for its popular ST 3100 satcom system. Available this summer, the new handset family offers a host of new, user-friendly features not found with previous airborne telecommunication systems.

“A phone system’s handset is the user’s link to the outside world,” commented Jack Blumenstein, Aircell Chairman & CEO. “With these new handsets, operators have the chance to make a huge difference in their airborne communications – for very little money – with a very simple upgrade.” He continued, “Since we’ve designed them to be drop-in replacements, operators that wish to upgrade can do so in less than 5 minutes.”

• Full color display with intuitive, graphical menus

• Active noise cancelling for clear, quiet calling

• Integrated headset/earbud jack

• An internal phone book for number storage and speed-dialing

• A number of user-customizable settings

• The new handsets are a direct, plug-in replacement for existing ST 3100 handsets

Scheduled for certification and first shipments this summer, the new handsets will be available in three colors (Midnight Black, Stone Gray and Natural Beige) and four styles (ranging from permanent cradles to modular plugs) to tastefully and efficiently suit any cabin application. Retail pricing and upgrade programs will be announced at a later date.

The Aircell ST 3100 system is the industry’s best-selling satcom system, and is standard or optional equipment on nearly two dozen OEM aircraft programs worldwide. It operates on the Iridium Satellite System, providing pilots and passengers all-altitude, all-latitude coverage throughout the world.

Aircell designs, manufactures, markets and supports a full product line of airborne telecommunication systems for the Business Aviation, General Aviation, Government and Air Transport markets. More than 1,500 aircraft are equipped with Aircell products, which provide voice, fax, e-mail, data, and Internet connectivity services, including NEXRAD weather radar imagery to the cockpit. The company’s products operate on the global Iridium Satellite System, as well as on Aircell’s exclusive nationwide cellular network – the only airborne cellular network ever authorized by the FCC.

Aircell is currently leveraging its existing proprietary technology to develop a number of next-generation products, including a system that will allow passengers to seamlessly operate their personal cellular telephones and other wireless devices aboard commercial airline flights. The privately-held company is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, USA.

Tom Myers
Aircell, Inc.

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