Flight Options chooses Aircell Internet
Flight Options plans to equip most of its fleet of fractionally owned business jets with Aircell’s high-speed Internet system, a decision that will give the company’s aircraft owners and jet card customers in-flight Wi-Fi access anywhere over the continental U.S. The first installations are due to begin later this year and continue through 2011.Flight Options owns and operates more than 110 airplanes, including the Hawker 400XP, Hawker 800XP, Citation X, Embraer Legacy 600 and, joining the fleet in the coming months, the Embraer Phenom 300 light jet. Each aircraft in the program will receive an Aircell Axxess cabin communications system with the ATG 4000 high-speed Internet unit and integrated Iridium satcom system. The Aircell service, made available to business jet customers earlier this year, provides Internet access at “DSL-like” speeds in flight. The service is also available to passengers of several airlines through GoGo, an Aircell-branded offering that went live last year. The Aircell 3G network includes 92 ground towers strategically positioned around the country that provide data rates to the cabin that average around 2.2 mbps.