Trans-Exec claims global connection first
Trans-Exec Private Jets, a charter operator based in Van Nuys, Calif., claims to be “the first private jet company to have installed advanced, global in-flight, high-speed wireless Internet service.” The system is the eNfusion System 6 package from EMS Satcom and, according to Trans-Exec, it provides service worldwide “over land or water.” It allows Trans-Exec passengers to access e-mail and the Internet through their own Wi-Fi-capable BlackBerry or SmartPhone devices.
The system includes the HSD-467 high-speed-data transceiver with one channel supporting Inmarsat SwiftBroadband voice and data and the second providing an additional voice connection. The AMT-50G high-gain antenna receives and transmits signals to and from Inmarsat satellites from up to 10 degrees below the horizon. The CNX-200 network accelerator is a networking device that combines Ethernet, Wi-Fi, acceleration and other networking functions.
“Our clients have told us they would rather have Internet access than even
in-flight phones, [and] if there’s one thing I’ve learned in business, it’s to listen to your clients,” said president David Bilson. Use of the in-flight high-speed Internet service is included in the monthly fee for members of Trans-Exec’s Priority Program.
Two Trans-Exec aircraft–a GV-SP and a GV–are currently equipped with the EMS Satcom eNfusion package.