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Aircell to provide airborne connectivity for Hawker Beechcraft business jets

Aircell, the world's leading provider of airborne communications, announces that Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has selected two new Aircell connectivity systems for its line of midsize Hawker business jets. Customers taking delivery of new Hawker 750 and 900XP aircraft in 2010 can equip with their choice of Aircell® High Speed Internet or Aircell's SwiftBroadband solution at the factory.

In making this selection, Hawker Beechcraft becomes the first business jet manufacturer to offer its customers a choice in connectivity solutions – one that operates over satellites and the other using air-to-ground technology. Hawker Beechcraft and Aircell have a longstanding relationship and Aircell products are currently offered on Hawker Beechcraft's entire family of turbine business aircraft, from the King Air C90GTi through the Hawker 4000.

John Wade, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aircell, said, "More so than ever before, we're seeing companies work hard to keep employees connected and productive while they travel and Aircell is a critical part of that effort. By offering two distinct connectivity options, Hawker Beechcraft is giving their customers a choice in state-of-the-art airborne communications technologies. By far, Aircell High Speed Internet is the fastest system available to Hawker operators – it feels just like Internet at a hotel or coffee shop. For those that require global connectivity, Aircell's SwiftBroadband is a satellite-based solution that offers sufficient bandwidth for e-mail and light Internet applications." Both systems will be available to Hawker customers as modular add-ons to the Aircell Axxess® cabin communications system.

A Hawker 750 demonstrator is currently flying with Aircell High Speed Internet and the first Hawker 750 demonstrator with Aircell's SwiftBroadband solution will enter service next month. Production systems for the various Hawker models will be available beginning in 2010.

Wade continued, "In the past, connectivity systems for laptops and PDAs aboard midsize aircraft have been virtually non-existent because of their size, weight and expense. In sharp contrast, both of Aircell's new systems represent dramatic leaps forward in technology. They are small, light and affordable enough to bring a never-before-seen level of productivity to the legendary Hawker series. We're pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Hawker Beechcraft on these new programs."

Overview of Systems

·         Aircell® High Speed Internet is the only solution in business aviation that provides a true high speed Internet experience that equals what passengers are accustomed to on the ground, while being small and light enough to fit on virtually any business aircraft. It is up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection. Aircell High Speed Internet allows passengers and crews to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, PCs, smartphones and PDAs, to surf the Web, send and receive e-mail with attachments, access their corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and much more – all at full mobile broadband speeds in flight. The Aircell High Speed Internet system is powered by the Aircell® Network, which utilizes 3G mobile wireless technology, operating in the continental U.S. over an advanced network of ground stations and Aircell's exclusive broadband air-to-ground spectrum.

·         Aircell's SwiftBroadband solution represents the newest generation of global satellite connectivity. Operating over a constellation of geostationary satellites, it allows passengers to seamlessly use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, PCs, smartphones and PDAs, for e-mail, light Internet service, Virtual Private Network (VPN) access and more. Using a standard intermediate-gain antenna, the system provides connection speeds up to 332kbps – all in the smallest and lightest Inmarsat equipment package ever offered. Aircell's SwiftBroadband solution is powered by Thrane & Thrane.

Press release issued by Gogo Business Aviation on October 19, 2009


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