Aimed at smaller jets and turboprops, Aircell has introduced the Aviator 200 SwiftBroadband system. It offers voice service and data connectivity at up to 200 kbps in multiple world regions, uses a small antenna needed by smaller aircraft, and costs $55,000, not including installation. It weighs 13 pounds. Shipments of the system are beginning.
With the Aviator 200 equipment package and newly-launched SwiftBroadband 200 service from Inmarsat, operators can use their personal laptops and mobile devices for e-mail and light Internet services with coverage anywhere in the world. Users also can use the system’s integrated cabin handsets to make and receive voice calls.
The company also offers the 300 system that offers voice service and data connectivity at up to 332 kbps on a near-global basis. Total weight is approximately 17 pounds, and the cost is approximately $95,000, not including installation.
Aircell offers a selection of network services, including Iridium Satellite, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, and Gogo Biz Inflight Internet. These services span multiple technologies, including air-to-ground, low-earth orbit satellite, and geostationary satellite.