Aircell High Speed Internet selected for Cessna Citation family
Cessna is to offer Aircell’s new High Speed Internet system as a factory option aboard its Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation X business jets. This selection continues a longstanding relationship between the two companies.
“Companies operate business aircraft to get more done – plain and simple – and nothing increases productivity more than having a full-scale internet connection available in flight,” commented Roger Whyte, senior vice-president of sales & marketing, Cessna Aircraft Company. “The Aircell High Speed Internet system is a game-changer because it’s the first system that provides a true high speed Internet experience like that to which passengers are accustomed on the ground, while being small and light enough to fit comfortably into our midsize Citations. The system’s high data rates, relatively low acquisition cost and affordable monthly service fees all combine to create an unmatched value proposition for our customers.”
Powered by the Aircell Network, the High Speed Internet system allows passengers to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, tablet PCs, smartphones and PDAs, to surf the web, send and receive e-mail with attachments, access their corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and much more at full mobile broadband speeds in flight.
The first Aircell High Speed Internet system installations from the Cessna factory will be available for new Citation XLS+, Sovereign, and Citation X aircraft to deliver in the second quarter of 2010.
The commercial airline version of the service – Gogo Inflight Internet – has been selected by airlines representing more than half of the North American mainline market. The system is flying today with American Airlines, Virgin America, Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways. It will soon be used by Air Canada and United Airlines.