Here at MEBA 2012 (Stand 588), OnAir announced that it has selected PATS Aircraft Systems of Georgetown, Del., as an OnAir completion center. PATS specializes in Boeing BBJ completions and auxiliary fuel tank installations and is installing Mobile OnAir in a 737-900ER BBJ. “We are seeing a high demand from VIP jet operators for in-flight connectivity,” said John Eichten, PATS senior vice president of sales and marketing. “PATS prides itself on finding innovative and industry-leading ways to satisfy our customers’ requirements, and our partnership with OnAir is a good example of that.”
Buyers of Dassault Falcon 7X jets can select the option for installation of OnAir’s mobile telephone and Internet equipment on aircraft delivered in 2014 and beyond. OnAir equipment enables passengers to use their mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices without complicated setup and billing processes–as many visitors to MEBA would have experienced already on Emirates aircraft inbound to Dubai over the past few days.
Inmarsat and OnAir have signed a contract finalizing the appointment of OnAir as the first aviation distribution partner for Global Xpress, a cabin communication system described as “the first global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.”
Inmarsat and OnAir have finalized a contract appointing OnAir as the initial aviation distribution partner for Global Xpress, a cabin communication system its developers describe as “the first global Ka-band network to provide in-flight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.” OnAir currently uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband to provide the connectivity for Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir.
Business aircraft operators are beginning to follow the growing ranks of airlines that provide passengers with on-board connectivity for telephony, message and Internet-access services. Indeed, this sector now accounts for about 10 percent of Airbus/SITA joint venture OnAir’s 45 aviation customers, although not all clients have yet deployed the service.
OnAir is working on an STC that will make the Dassault Falcon 7X the first purpose-built business jet to receive its onboard cellphone system. So far, the system had been installed only in bizliners. OnAir allows passengers to make and receive calls on their personal cellphones during flight.
OnAir is working on a supplementary type certificate for the Dassault Falcon 7X, which will be the first purpose-built business jet to receive the on-board cell phone service specialist’s system. So far, the system had been installed only in “bizliners,” such as Boeing BBJs or Airbus ACJs.
Passengers travelling in Comlux The Aviation Group’s new executive Airbus A319s will be able to remain in touch during flights using their personal cellphones, thanks to OnAir’s in-flight connectivity service. With the service, sending and receiving voice calls and text messages, e-mails and mobile data transfer are possible.
Aeroconseil (Stand 126, Hall B2), a provider of aeronautical engineering and air transport services, is making its second appearance at Le Bourget. This year it is demonstrating a system for the rapid prototyping of avionics suites, another for optimizing aircraft fuel consumption and its solution for integrating onboard mobile telephones and the Internet.
There is one segment of aviation that has been largely impervious to the economic downturn–the highest of the high fliers; namely, owners and passengers in large-cabin business jets. They have proved to be early adopters of the most advanced in-flight connectivity and so it is to this sector that OnAir has turned its attention more recently, with half a dozen of its three dozen clients in this market to date.