Satcom Direct (Booth 455) has signed up to become a reseller of OnAir’s in-flight GSM mobile phone service. The U.S.-based company will market the Mobile OnAir product to business aircraft operators.
A Dassault Falcon 7X operated by Swiss-based Amjet Executive has become the first aircraft of its type to be fitted with OnAir’s in-flight mobile phone and Wi-Fi equipment. The charter operator started offering passengers the connectivity services on May 1, just five months after Dassault announced the availability of Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir as line-fit options on the long-range 7X in December 2012. Amjet took delivery of its 7X from Dassault’s completions center in Little Rock, Arkansas, on April 26.
Aircell will sponsor the process to obtain supplemental type certificates (STCs) for European operators that choose to have its Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband satellite communications system installed. The company has signed an agreement with P3 Voith Aerospace of Hamburg to develop the STCs for Aviator 200 installations in Europe.
The program includes a complete, no-cost STC for operators that have the Aviator 200 system installed by an authorized Aircell dealer and also activate a new SwiftBroadband service under its monthly plan, said the company.
International Communications Group (ICG) is scheduled to begin deliveries of its new eRouter in the second quarter.
The “customer-inspired” modifications to the design are expected to “enhance performance [and] make it easier for operators to perform maintenance, set up configuration and access Sim and memory cards without removing the unit from the aircraft.”
ViaSat’s Exede Internet consumer broadband service is expanding to the airline sector, and sources at the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company say it is considering providing Exede to business aviation, though no plans have been announced yet.
At AIX, ViaSat announced it had set Guinness world records for the highest-capacity satellite, allowing 100 times the capacity of a typical Ku-band satellite and 10 times the throughput of any Ka-band satellite launched before ViaSat-1.
Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Honeywell offered a preview of avionics designed to support Inmarsat’s “game-changing” GX Aviation service at AIX in Hamburg, where the components were on display for the first time .
Aircell recently completed its acquisition of Airfone from LiveTV. The agreement includes LiveTV’s 1-MHz air-to-ground spectrum license, as well as the Airfone in-flight communications service, network infrastructure and back-office operational assets. To expand capabilities, Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet service will branch into Airfone’s frequencies, which are adjacent to those currently used by Gogo and Gogo Biz. To accommodate this expansion, the Airfone service will be permanently decommissioned on December 31.
Constant Aviation has been named one of the top five highest-performing Aircell dealers. Constant Aviation’s Wi-Fi STCs include the Hawker 800A/XP, 850XP, 900XP, the Citation X, the Phenom 300, the Legacy 600 and the EMB-135LR. STCs on the Beechjet 400A/XP and executive-configured Boeing 737 are in the final stages of FAA approval.
One of Satcom1’s fastest-growing markets is China, and the Danish company is exhibiting here to highlight its capabilities as a satellite communications service provider. “The potential in China is growing by the day,” said Satcom1 international sales manager Jimmy Larsen.
Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.