Aircell High Speed Internet, SwiftBroadband Solutions Chosen
For Installation On New Jets
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation said
Monday it has selected two new Aircell connectivity systems for its
line of midsize Hawker business jets. HBC is the first business jet
manufacturer to offer its customers a choice in connectivity
solutions – one that operates via satellites and the other
that uses air-to-ground technology. Beginning in 2010, customers
taking delivery of new Hawker 750 and 900XP aircraft can select
either Aircell High Speed Internet or Aircell’s
SwiftBroadband systems to provide passengers with on-board e-mail
and Internet access.
“The availability of high speed Internet on-board our
Hawker 900XP and 750 makes the aircraft an even more powerful
business tool,” said HBC executive vice president Shawn Vick.
“Our customers will benefit from the Aircell systems, which
provide lightweight, affordable and exceptional performance and
Either installation will permit
passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as Personal Digital
Assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers to send and receive e-mails,
surf the Web, watch streaming video, or access a corporate Virtual
Private Network (VPN) to download files, just like they would in an
office or Internet site on the ground. Both are available to Hawker
customers as modular add-ons to the Aircell’s Axxess cabin
system. Monthly data usage charges are applicable.
A Hawker 750 demonstrator is currently flying with Aircell High
Speed Internet and another Hawker 750 demonstrator with
Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution will enter service in
November. Production systems for the various Hawker models will be
available after the first of the year. HBC and Aircell have a
longstanding relationship with Aircell products being offered on
HBC’s entire family of turbine-powered business aircraft,
from the King Air C90GTx through the Hawker 4000.
Hawker Beechcraft Services will also have the capability to
install Aircell equipment on current Hawker 900, 850, 800XP and 750
business jets. The installation will be identical to the standards
for the new aircraft.