For a decade, Custom Control Concepts (Stand 683) has been quietly making name for itself in the cabin electronics side of the business aircraft completion and refurbishment industry, providing everything from all-digital high-definition entertainment to cabin management.
Geneva-based air/ground communication specialist OnAir, which had originally restricted its in-flight personal cellphone user system to the airline industry, has responded to demand by expanding availability of its service to the business aviation industry.
Jet Aviation and ACC Columbia of Hannover, Germany, have agreed to install the equipment on a range of business jets.
Aircell (Booth 3737) is celebrating rapid adoption of its Gogo Biz high-speed in-flight Internet service capability by business jet OEMs and charter and fractional operators in the wake of its Gogo service's near-saturation of the air transport market.
Inmarsat announced plans to introduce by 2014 a Ka-band satellite broadband service that would be far faster, cost less per megabit and require smaller antennas than competing Ku-band services.
Offering a blistering 50 megabit-per-second maximum data rate in flight, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service is sure to give pause to anyone who had been thinking about equipping with a Ku-band satellite data system.
Aircraft charter hybrid XOJet said it will install airborne high-speed Internet to its fleet of five Bombardier Challenger 300s and 19 Cessna Citation Xs. XOJeT is currently installing Wi-Fi-capable Aircell high-speed Internet systems and expects that more than 70 percent of its fleet will be equipped by the end of this month, with the rest scheduled for completion next month.
OnAir (Booth No. 783), the in-flight and on-board connectivity provider owned by Airbus and SITA, has created a portal providing up-to-date information on EBACE at http://mobile.ebace.aero. The portal can be accessed on board suitably equipped aircraft and provides daily schedules and news.
Airborne communications specialist Aircell (Booth No. 390) is here offering a new SwiftBroadband connectivity solution for the business aviation market, claiming that reduced size and cost are making it available to light jets and turboprops.
Signature Flight Support (Booth No. 7070) has appointed airline and travel veteran Maria Sastre as the company’s chief operating officer for global operations. Sastre previously served as United Airlines’ vice president of worldwide customer satisfaction, where she managed strategy development, airport operations, international call centers and financial management.
Thales is preparing for an anticipated explosion in demand for in-flight Internet connectivity with the opening of its new Connectivity Suite─a facility with its own satcom connection in which the company’s engineers and airline clients can assess and refine Internet-enabled equipment for both the cabin and the cockpit.
For at least a decade, the business aviation industry has looked forward to a seamless transition from the office or home to the private jet, with all the same electronic amenities, in particular high-speed Internet connectivity.