Dassault Falcon Jet Delivers First Factory Aircraft With Aircell Axxess

ATLANTA, GA [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – September 24, 2007 – Aircell announces that Dassault Falcon Jet has delivered its first Falcon business jet equipped with the Aircell Axxess™ cabin communications system from the factory. The inaugural aircraft was a Falcon 900DX completed at the Falcon facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Announced late last year, Aircell Axxess is offered as factory equipment aboard the entire Falcon Jet family, including the Falcon 2000EX EASy, 900DX, 900EX EASy and the new 7X.

“We’re seeing a large number of customers opting for the Aircell Axxess system when selecting the equipment on their new aircraft,” said Eric Monsel, Vice President, Programs, Dassault Falcon Jet. “We’re pleased to be working with Aircell and offering our customers the latest in airborne communications technology,” he concluded.

The Aircell Axxess systems installed on Falcon business jets include two built-in channels of Iridium satellite communications, a special call-alerting system, and the customer’s choice of Aircell’s full-color handsets. Due to the system’s ‘network neutral’ design, these aircraft are also provisioned for Aircell broadband system when that equipment and service becomes available next year.

Bill Peltola, Aircell Senior Vice President, Business Aviation Solutions, said, “It’s very gratifying to see Dassault begin factory deliveries of Aircell Axxess, and we look forward to continuing our relationship as Aircell broadband and other new technologies become available in the future.”

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.

About Dassault Falcon
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.


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