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Aircell Ships First Global SwiftBroadband Solution

29th July 2009 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Aircell has announced that its new SwiftBroadband solution has received full certification and that customer shipments have begun.

The first installation is being completed by 328 Support Services GmbH at its Oberpfaffenhofen facility near Munich, Germany, aboard an executive Dornier 328JET operated by Aviando Services based in Venezuela.

Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution allows passengers to seamlessly use their personal laptops and Smartphones for e-mail and light Internet services in flight. They can also use the system’s integrated cabin handsets to make and receive voice calls. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution is powered by Thrane & Thrane.

“Executives want to remain productive by staying in touch while they fly and Aircell’s new SwiftBroadband solution fulfills that need perfectly,” said Dave Jackson, CEO of 328 Support Services. “Because it is so much faster, lighter and more affordable than previous generations of global technology, the system makes in-flight connectivity a reality for a whole new segment of business aircraft.”

John Wade, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aircell, said, “Our SwiftBroadband solution is an ideal fit for business aircraft operators with global connectivity needs. By enabling the use of laptops and smartphones for e-mail and light Internet, as well as voice service over cabin handsets, it provides a complete communications solution. SwiftBroadband is a brilliant new technology and a very important part of Aircell’s comprehensive product family.”

As part of this installation, the Aviando Services aircraft will be equipped with Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution as well as an Aircell Axxess cabin system.

Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution was recently selected by Jet Republic of Lisbon, Portugal, for its entire fleet of aircraft. Covering 110 systems, that order remains the largest SwiftBroadband system order ever placed. The first Aircell-equipped Jet Republic aircraft is scheduled to enter service in September 2009.

Through its diverse line of airborne communications products, Aircell offers the industry’s largest selection of network services spanning multiple technologies that include air-to-ground, low-earth orbit satellite and geostationary satellite. For connectivity, in addition to its global SwiftBroadband solution, Aircell is offering its proprietary High Speed Internet system that operates on an advanced network of ground wireless stations in the US.

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