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Aircell's high-speed internet system reaches key milestones

Aircell has reached several key milestones in the development of its high-speed internet system for the business aviation market. Provisioning kits – including the antenna system, connectors, wiring and mounting tray – are now available, with the Aircell ATG 4000 unit on schedule for delivery in September.

Aircell says that pre-production prototypes of the business aviation equipment package (including the Aircell ATG 4000 unit) have been up and operating live in Aircell’s development facility for several months. Qualification testing and the STC/PMA certification process for the ATG 4000 are well underway. Aircell is set to launch its alpha testing phase in the coming weeks, where an extensive protocol of flight and usability tests will be carried out on live aircraft.

“The ATG 4000 will be a very mature product when it comes to market – one that will benefit from nearly two years of network service history and tens of thousands of hours in revenue service with commercial airlines,” said John Wade, senior vice president and general manager of Aircell.

Powered by the Aircell network, the Aircell High Speed Internet system allows passengers and crews to use their own WiFi-enabled devices (such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs), to surf the web, send and receive email with attachments, access their corporate VPN and more – at full mobile-broadband speeds in flight. The Aircell ATG 4000 High Speed Internet system is a modular add-on to the Aircell Axxess cabin system. For connecting passenger devices in the cabin, customers can choose to install wired or wireless (WiFi) connections with their installation. In addition to Aircell’s air-to-ground high-speed internet system for continental USA, Aircell is offering its satellite-based SwiftBroadband product (powered by Thrane & Thrane) for global service, which will be available in July.

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