ACJC Installs Global Comm Suite on ACJ319
The Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) has become the first completion center to install and activate a global communication suite (GCS) on a single-aisle Airbus. According to the company, Panasonic’s Ku-band antenna provides “superior” performance at high latitudes and in the equatorial region, with the Internet support necessary to operate an office or provide robust entertainment. Using only a single antenna, ACJC’s unidentified Middle Eastern client will be able to watch real-time TV from all over the world, enjoying the same type of entertainment at 35,000 feet that he would at home. Programs are broadcast live and uninterrupted despite changes of satellite zones or when flying over oceans. The system also provides a high-speed Wi-Fi connection throughout the cabin and allows use of mobile phones via the GSM network. It also provides for video-conferences or conference-calls with offices worldwide. According to an ACJC spokesperson, the ACJ319 project has opened a new collaboration with Panasonic. The Ku-band antenna, which has previously been used principally by airlines, is finding a new and growing base of interest in business aviation.