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Cessna selects Aircell for Citation CJ4

Oct. 11, 2011, Las Vegas, Nv. - Aircell announces that Cessna Aircraft Company will offer Gogo Biz™ high-speed Internet capability as a factory option for the Citation CJ4 beginning in the first quarter of 2012.


October 11, 2011
By Carey Fredericks

Cessna’s efforts to engineer and certify the system on the CJ4
platform are already well underway and are slated for completion in
January.

 

Gogo Biz enables passengers and flight crews to enjoy
high-speed Internet capabilities above 10,000 feet in the continental
U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops,
tablets, EFBs, smartphones and other mobile devices.

 

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In addition
to the new Internet capabilities being announced today, the CJ4 already
includes global Iridium voice capabilities from Aircell as standard
equipment. With integrated cabin handsets, passengers and crews can
place and receive voice calls to or from anywhere in the world and enjoy
call waiting, call forwarding, and conference calling features.

 

“We’re
pleased to debut Aircell’s wireless, high-speed Internet capability for
the first time ever as a factory-installed option on a light jet. We’re
giving customers complete freedom and control of their travel time,”
said Don Beverlin, who formerly headed up Cessna Aircraft Company’s
supply chain operations and is now Business Leader for CJ series
products. Whether checking email, connecting to the company network,
catching up on the latest news, accessing ebooks and magazines, or just
surfing the web – we’re stepping up the possibilities. We’ve worked with
Aircell for many years and we continue to believe in their vision.
Their ability to give us a complete range of connectivity solutions,
network services and equipment packages across Cessna’s diverse range of
business aircraft is exactly what we need.”

 

The CJ4’s standard
equipment package currently includes the Aircell Axxess cabin
communications system for worldwide voice capabilities. The new high
speed Internet option will add an ATG 4000 high speed internet
transceiver, a Cabin Telecommunications Router (CTR), and dual antennas
mounted beneath the fuselage.

 

“Today’s announcement highlights two
significant trends in the business aviation market. First, connectivity
plays an increasingly central role in all of our lives today, and
business aircraft operators fully expect those services to be available
when they fly,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president and
general manager. “Second, Cessna’s decision to offer a full complement
of voice and high-speed internet services aboard a light jet is another
clear sign that in-flight technology has become smaller, lighter and
more affordable.”