• Successful first installation of SwiftBroadband Safety

London, UK | August 14, 2014– Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has today announced the first successful installation and on-going trials of its ACARS1-capable SwiftBroadband (SB) Safety equipment on an Airbus A319.

SB Safety enables the fast, efficient transfer of ACARS data messages over the SwiftBroadband link. Installed in May this year, Inmarsat has been closely monitoring the system on board the aircraft, which has consistently surpassed performance expectations.

“This is the start of a revolution in communications for the flight deck. It shows the way forward for Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) for the nearly 10,000 aircraft currently relying on our Inmarsat Classic Aero services, which were launched over 20 years ago,” said Leo Mondale, Inmarsat’s President of Aviation. “SB Safety provides prioritised voice and ACARS/FANS data transmission when an aircraft is out of reach of land-based communications, which is indispensable for aircraft flying over oceans.”

As well as ACARS, SB Safety also supports flight deck voice services and IP connectivity to the flight deck, enabling other flight operations and cockpit services, such as inflight updates to Electronic Flight Bags and Flight Data Recorder downloads. It also supports aircraft position reporting and tracking, and voice transmission for Air Traffic Management communications. A range of terminal variants is available, ensuring SB Safety can meet the requirements of all aircraft types, from the largest passenger types to business jets.

“A key point is that SB Safety provides a prioritised IP data pipe for the cockpit, for both security and continuity of service” continued Mondale. “This is particularly important for airlines that use SwiftBroadband for both safety services and cabin connectivity.”

The A319’s airborne hardware is Cobham’s AVIATOR 300D, part of a range which includes low-cost terminals with low weight and drag. SITA is the communications service provider and Satcom Direct is responsible for the on-board flight deck and cabin services. The entire system has undergone SITA’s Verification and Qualification (VAQ) testing procedure.

SB Safety is expected to achieve FANS approval in early 2016, following flight trials on commercial aircraft.

1The Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) is a digital datalink system for the transmission of short messages between aircraft and ground stations via airband radio or satellite. It is a highly reliable text-based message system used extensively by the aviation industry.

Lyngby, Denmark | July 14, 2014– Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR 300 SwiftBroadband solution has received a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its installation aboard a range of Airbus aircraft.

Particularly suited to meet the requirements of airlines with services such as voice and data connectivity, the AVIATOR 300 certification for the A319, A320 and A321 airframe types was developed by Avionics Support Group Inc. The STC was accomplished on a private A319CJ aircraft, with plans for its conversion to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) or Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) STC.

The AVIATOR 300 system improves flight safety and operations by enabling the airline operations department to stay connected to their aircraft at all times. It provides services such as immediate aircraft tracking information and Ethernet ports for connecting devices like Aircraft Interface Devices (AIDs) and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs) for the pilots to obtain real-time information including graphical weather updates.

THE AVIATOR 300 also has the bandwidth to send the real-time data of the aircraft health monitoring systems, such as engine monitoring, as well as in-flight entertainment and connectivity for passenger text messaging and email.

Kim Gram, VP Aeronautical, Cobham SATCOM, said: “This STC is significant as it means airlines’ flight operations departments will have the ability to access aircraft data in real time from the ground while the aircraft is in flight, which will significantly improve flight safety and operational efficiencies. For example, an airline can send real-time Triggered Fault Warning Indicators directly to flight ops so they can react pro-actively by organising the correct maintenance team and parts to meet the aircraft at the gate.

“The STC will also introduce Wi-Fi so that passengers can benefit by being connected with near global wireless connectivity. The AVIATOR 300 will enable them to use smart phones, personal tablets and laptops for a multitude of applications during all phases of flight.”

The AVIATOR 300 system, which features the compact and lightweight Intermediate Gain Antenna IGA-5001 to ensure a low profile on the fuselage, provides for fast and reliable connectivity on the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband I-4 satellite network. The system supports high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of data services and provides near global coverage, on the ground or in the air.

Further advantages include recurrent maintenance savings due to the high reliability of the AVIATOR system and recurrent weight savings (approximately 50 to 150lbs) over traditional legacy SATCOM systems.

Cobham will supply the AVIATOR 300 equipment directly to the airlines, while the FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) installation kits and STC rights can be purchased from Avionics Support Group Inc.

The AVIATOR 300 is part of Cobham’s cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and provides a cost effective solution for a wide range of airframes, with a full range of features and options. In addition to the Airbus aircraft, the system has been certified for several key aircraft including the Boeing 757, a range of Cessna aircraft, the Citation X, G200, Embraer 135 (Legacy 600/650) and Bombardier Challenger 300.

The full Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR range includes the revolutionary AVIATOR S series, AVIATOR 700 and 700D, AVIATOR 350 with High Gain Antenna (HGA), AVIATOR 300 with IGA as well as the exceptionally compact and lightweight AVIATOR 200 with Low Gain Antenna (LGA).

EBACE: Geneva, Switzerland | May 21, 2014 – The improved SD Flight Tracker now has integrated position reports generated by SwiftBroadband and features richer mapping capability using Google Maps.

Satcom Direct’s Flight Tracker is a state-of-the-art global mapping solution that graphically displays precise fleet coordinates. Its ability to track aircraft globally has been enhanced with an additional source of position data.

Satcom Direct has exclusive access to this data from Inmarsat and blends it with position data received from other sources including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NavCanada and Satcom Direct’s own FlightDeck Freedom datalink to provide the most comprehensive flight tracking service available.

“SwiftBroadband is updated every two minutes as compared to other sources. For some aircraft, this may be their only reliable source of position data. It allows our customers to track their aircraft worldwide and ensure they know its status at all times,” said Scott Hamilton, Satcom Direct chief strategy officer. “SwiftBroadband position reports are available globally whereas some sources, including the FAA and NavCanada, are only available regionally.”

SD Flight Tracker also has been upgraded to use Google Maps which provides advanced mapping capabilities including street level maps which are useful for helicopter tracking. The SD Flight Tracker enhancements provide for a fast and intuitive user interface, and it can now be accessed on any mobile device. Previously, it was only available on PCs.

SD Flight Tracker’s advanced mapping technology is the only solution to provide network overlays, planned and actual flight routes, and aircraft satcom status to provide complete situational awareness for dispatchers and maintenance personnel.

  • Becomes single-source provider of Swift Broadband in-flight connectivity – encompassing on-board equipment, airtime and #1-ranked product support

EBACE Geneva, Switzerland | May 19, 2014– Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO), announces that its business aviation group, Aircell, has officially unveiled comprehensive SwiftBroadband airtime programs for the business aviation market. Aircell was previously appointed a Distribution Partner for SwiftBroadband, which is a near-global in-flight connectivity service from Inmarsat plc.

Business aircraft operators all over the world can now choose from a wide variety of innovative SwiftBroadband data and voice plans offered by Aircell, along with a large selection of key value-added services and self-care tools.

Overview – SwiftBroadband Airtime from Aircell

• “Pay-as-you-go” monthly data plans with no overage charges, no fixed monthly fees and no minimum usage requirements.
• Single monthly invoices for all SwiftBroadband, Iridium and Gogo Biz airtime services
• Data compression and acceleration services included at no charge
• Online, self-care tools provide easy, anytime access to billing information and usage monitoring (available July 2014)
• Multi-aircraft discounts
• Money-saving annual data plans for heavy data users
• Exclusive services such as Gogo Text & Talk, which allows passengers to call and text with their own personal smartphones and mobile numbers (coming soon for SwiftBroadband; available now for Gogo Biz).
John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “In the business aviation market, SwiftBroadband is a very important service that continues to fulfill worldwide demand for in-flight connectivity. Aircell added SwiftBroadband equipment to its portfolio in 2009 and today, we further deepen our global capabilities with the addition of SwiftBroadband airtime. As a single-source provider of equipment, airtime and #1-ranked product support, we make it easy for aircraft operators to manage and deliver the service to their passengers.”

Aircell has integrated the new SwiftBroadband airtime services into the company’s greater back-office operations and support infrastructure – including the company’s multiple, redundant Network Operations Centers (NOCs).

To help kick off its new airtime program, Aircell is offering an introductory incentive that gives new customers one month of free data service when activating a new SwiftBroadband service plan prior to December 31, 2014. More information is available at www.aircell.com/maketheswitch.

For more information about Aircell’s new SwiftBroadband airtime programs, business aircraft operators should contact Shuaib Shahid on +44 75 8563 3323 or sshahid@aircell.com.

  • Satcom1 achieves the highest level of partnership with Inmarsat

United Kingdom | May 19, 2014– Satcom1, the Copenhagen based satellite communication and connectivity solutions specialist for cockpit and cabin, has been appointed by Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, to become a Distribution Partner for its SwiftBroadband services to the global business and ‘VVIP’ aviation market.

Satcom1 has been a highly successful Gold service provider for SwiftBroadband for several years and, based on its strong performance, is now promoted to Distribution Partner level. The agreement means that Satcom1 will be able to further improve its level of support in terms of activation and airtime, real-time trouble shooting and diagnostics to its current and future customer base.

Introduced in 2007, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband is today’s leading aviation satellite broadband communication platform. It is the only network that enables worldwide inflight Wi-Fi and GSM services for the global business and government aviation industry. It provides simultaneous voice and IP-based package switched services of up to 432 kbps as a standard, using Inmarsat’s constellation of L-band I-4 satellites, and will continue to play a vital role in many years to come. SwiftBroadband is also expected to be approved for FANS and ACARS safety services by 2015.

Satcom1 specialises in services provided to VVIP, Head-of-State, wide-bodied business jets. In order to address the needs of this specialised market segment, Satcom1’s Research and Development (R&D) department has developed a service that is a part of its AvioIP Software Suite, bonding two Inmarsat SwiftBroadband channels to deliver high-speed data services of up to 900kbps to the user. Since 2012, this solution has been successfully installed on many business aircraft. Satcom1 continues its R&D efforts to optimise SwiftBroadband and AvioIP suite capabilities to provide a world-class service to end-customers and maintain the leading edge in the industry.

“We are extremely proud to now represent Inmarsat as an aviation Distribution Partner. This important milestone follows a tremendously busy 2014 in which Satcom1 has been appointed as reseller of Jet ConneX (JX), the business aviation service powered by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network, as well as Honeywell’s Global Data Center for cockpit DATALINK services. I want to thank our customers and partners, without their loyalty and trust in us over the years all this would not have been possible,” says Satcom1’s CEO Henrik Zinck. “We can now support our current and new customers at the highest level possible. Our dedicated commitment to R&D activities and investments are intact, and we will continue to develop and bring sophisticated connectivity solutions to the market, suiting any SATCOM platform,” ends Mr. Zinck.

”The VVIP and business jet market is very important for Inmarsat and we are proud to serve virtually the whole market globally. Satcom1 is one of the leading satellite communications service providers in this segment, in particular with its innovative services and global reach,” said Miranda Mills, President, Inmarsat Aviation. ”In today’s global world, aircraft fly to the four corners of the globe, and Inmarsat’s unique, truly global satellite network ensures our business aviation customers have access to inflight connectivity wherever they fly.”

Chesterfield, MO | April 2014 — AirSatOne released their new price guides for SwiftBroadband that offers lower price points with no long-term commitments. Standard activation and expedited activations are free of charge and includes up to 10 MB of data for testing. Heavy data consumers also have plans available with rates further reduced. Price guides are online and can be viewed or downloaded on AirSatOne’s web site. Fleet pricing is available upon request, and allows operators to buy bulk airtime at even lower price points and to share airtime between aircraft in the fleet. “Doing a price comparison for a customer using approximately 1,000 MB of data a month on a high gain system reveals a savings of $14,000 a year,” said Jo Kremsreiter President of AirSatOne.

In addition to lower data rates, AirSatOne is offering FlightStream SA service at no additional charge. FlightStream SA does not require hardware or software to be installed on the aircraft, is designed to simplify management of inflight internet services, and offers a full set of web filtering, compression and data management features that can be turned on or off and changed at any time without having to gain access to the aircraft. Changes can be made to single aircraft or wholesale to an entire fleet or groups of aircraft in the fleet. Fleet operators have the option of creating virtual groups of aircraft for simple and quick account management and to administer internet policies to the group. The service also allows the ability to analyze traffic usage, both near real-time and historical, and instantly block high bandwidth sites that are causing excessive data usage. FlightStream SA is deployed worldwide on internet point-of-presence located at or near satellite earth stations allowing the most efficient handling of data going to and from the aircraft. Our internet point-of-presence are located in New York City (USA), London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Aussaguel (FR), Oslo (NO) and Hong Kong (CN).
Price guides can be viewed and downloaded on AirSatOne’s web site at any time.

AIX, Hamburg | April 9, 2014– TAAG Angola Airlines has become OnAir’s first Sub-Saharan African customer – line fitting its new B777-300ER fleet with Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir. The airline will use Thales’ TopConnect to access OnAir’s inflight Wi-Fi and mobile phone services on its new fleet, to be delivered from May 2014.

OnAir offers a consistent, reliable service across Africa and all the routes the airline flies, thanks to the widest-reaching network of regulatory approvals and the largest and most geographically diverse number of roaming agreements of any provider.

With authorizations from over 100 countries and more than 375 roaming agreements, OnAir provides consistent coverage on all the major routes across the world. In addition, OnAir uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite network, the only network to provide worldwide coverage.

“TAAG is an ambitious airline, leading the modernization of air transport in Angola,” said Captain Lourenço Manuel Gomes Neto, Executive Vice President Operations, TAAG Angola Airlines. “OnAir connectivity, in the form of inflight Wi-Fi and GSM, gives our passengers the freedom to stay in touch with the world outside the aircraft, strongly enhancing their experience. The worldwide service reliability is particularly important, given the routes we fly across from and across Africa.”

Passengers flying on TAAG Angola’s B777-300ER will experience the full benefits of OnAir connectivity. The inflight Wi-Fi solution, Internet OnAir, enables passengers to email, update their social media, and browse news sites. Like a Wi-Fi hotspot on the ground, passengers only need to log on and their enter credit card details before they are free to surf the Internet.

Passengers can also use OnAir’s inflight GSM product, Mobile OnAir, to email, text, talk, and use their mobile apps as they please. Charges are included in the user’s monthly phone bill, exactly like using international roaming.

“This new deal with TAAG Angola Airlines shows that cabin connectivity is now a truly global market,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “We are in the strongest position to make inflight connectivity a truly worldwide phenomenon, given the breadth and depth of our regulatory and roaming agreement networks. On top of SwiftBroadband’s consistency across the world, this means we can offer an uncompromised service to all airlines, wherever they might be.”

  • Complete IFEC solutions now available from an Industry Leader

Aircraft Interiors, Hamburg | April 9, 2014– Inmarsat, (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced an agreement for Thales, a leader in inflight entertainment & connectivity (IFEC), to join the list of GX Aviation Value Added Resellers. This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement signed in September 2013, which made SwiftBroadband and GX Aviation the primary and preferred satellite connectivity services for Thales’ TopSeries IFEC system.

This extended partnership follows Thales’ recent signing of the binding agreement with JetBlue for the acquisition of their fully owned subsidiary LiveTV, which further extends Thales’ overall passenger connectivity capability. GX Aviation, Inmarsat’s Ka-band service, will enable Thales to offer airlines a full IFEC offering from hardware to connectivity services, consistently on all flights across the world.

“People are used to having broadband wherever they are; at home, in the office and on the move,” said Dominique Giannoni, CEO of the InFlight Entertainment and Connectivity of Thales. “We are making sure Thales can provide airlines with the very best connectivity solutions, so passengers can remain connected to their professional and social networks, as well as have access to the broadband services they increasingly expect. GX Aviation is a very important part of the jigsaw, providing worldwide high speed connectivity.”

GX Aviation will provide Internet speeds of up to 50Mbps virtually everywhere in the world when it becomes available for the commercial aviation market, scheduled for the first half of 2015. It is the only Ka-band solution built to deliver a global network for mobile assets, such as aircraft.

“Thales is a major player in the inflight entertainment and connectivity market. Under this agreement, more opportunities open up for airlines to access GX Aviation in packaged IFEC solutions,” said Miranda Mills, President, Inmarsat Aviation. “The most important thing is that it is great news for airline passengers all over the world, who will soon have high-speed Internet connections, live TV broadcasts and a huge range of new connectivity applications.”

The first of the three Inmarsat-5 satellites to provide GX Aviation’s consistent global coverage is already in orbit and undergoing final testing, with the second and third scheduled to be launched by the end of the year. The GX Aviation airborne hardware has begun initial production and is on schedule to complete certification and testing in early 2015.

Aircraft Interiors, Hamburg | April 8, 2014– After equipping its A330 and B777 fleets with OnAir’s services, Saudia’s B787 aircraft will become the latest fleet to be connected. All of Saudia’s long-haul fleets are now connected with OnAir.

Saudia is the second B787 operator to offer OnAir connectivity, reaffirming OnAir’s position as the leading inflight connectivity provider.

The first of Saudia’s eight B787s is due for delivery in December 2015. Saudia’s decision to include OnAir connectivity on its Dreamliners confirms the success of OnAir’s GSM and Wi-Fi services on its other fleets. The airline has seen a 400 percent increase in mobile data usage and 254 percent increase in internet usage over the last 12 months. The aircraft will be equipped with a Thales TopConnect solution enabling access to OnAir’s Wi-Fi Internet and mobile phone services over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB).

The provision of OnAir connectivity services on this B787 fleet marks a significant milestone in Saudia’s efforts to implement a seamless, consistent brand offering across all its fleets. Saudia’s commitment to OnAir as its preferred service provider is integral to the effective execution of this strategy. The versatility of OnAir’s services make them the right ones to be launched across a variety of aircraft types.

“Saudia is very happy to be expanding our cabin connectivity with OnAir services,” said Mr. Abdul Mohsen Jonaid, Chief Commercial Officer of Saudia. “We have seen how well our inflight connectivity has been received by passengers and OnAir is the natural choice for us when we decided to include connectivity on our B787s. Passengers want and expect to be connected and we want to provide the best passenger experience.”

OnAir connectivity has been flying with Saudia for four years. During this time, OnAir has partnered with the airline through various fleet expansions, as well as providing connectivity for new routes that the airline has introduced. OnAir has provided the level of coverage necessary to maintain a high consistency of service across all the routes that Saudia flies.

“It is great to see new agreements coming as the result of existing relationships with airlines,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “Saudia’s entire long range fleet is now connected with OnAir. We have gained Saudia’s trust by consistently delivering on all our commitments. This has cemented our long term partnership and put it firmly on track for future growth.”

EBACE Geneva, Switzerland and Linbgy, Denmark | May 22, 2013– Cobham SATCOM has announced on the second day of EBACE that its versatile SwiftBroadband communication solution, AVIATOR 300, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for installation on Bombardier’s Challenger 300.

The compact and lightweight system with Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) has been approved for installation by Cobham SATCOM partner Aero-Dienst GmbH & Co.KG and includes the system’s use for in-flight Wi-Fi aboard the popular super-midsize business jet.

The announcement follows yesterday’s confirmation that the AVIATOR 300 has received a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) STC for its use aboard the Cessna 550, 550 Bravo and S550. The system has now been certified for several key aircraft including the Citation X, G200 and Embraer 135 (Legacy 600/650).

A single solution for simultaneous global voice and high speed data, the AVIATOR 300 will allow the large corporate operator to offer wireless connectivity on-board the Challenger 300, to support the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.

“We are delighted to announce the receipt of an STC for use of Cobham’s AVIATOR 300 on-board the Bombardier Challenger 300,” said Martin Bauer, Managing Director of Aero-Dienst.

“The AVIATOR 300 is the perfect solution because it offers a complete broadband solution for both voice and data, with fast and reliable connectivity, but is also sufficiently small and lightweight with a low profile which is ideal for the Challenger 300.”

AVIATOR 300 is half the size and weight of traditional communications systems and provides connectivity to support applications including calling, emailing, browsing and video streaming to the office on the ground. The IGA installation provides full SwiftBroadband capabilities with data speeds up to 332 kbps.

Henri Broussalian, Sales Director EMEA for Cobham SATCOM, said: “The AVIATOR 300 is extremely versatile and has proven capability in a variety of environments, such as business, military, government and air transport operations. This STC is another advance towards increasing the system’s availability to the huge range of relevant users who will be able to benefit from modern in-flight communications in the future.”

The AVIATOR 300 is part of Cobham’s cutting-edge SwiftBroadband product portfolio and provides a cost effective solution for a wide range of airframes, with a full range of features and options.

The flexible modes of operation means that users can choose Quality of Service (QoS), which ensures guaranteed bandwidth in steps on a pay-per-minute basis, or the always-on background connection, where cost depends on the amount of data transferred.

Business aviation specialists Aero-Dienst took over registration and maintenance for the Challenger 300 just over four years ago. Tagged ‘the flying office’, the 68.7 ft corporate jet can accommodate eight to ten passengers and is known as a worldwide leader in its segment due to its exceptional reliability, performance and wide cabin comfort.

For further information please visit www.cobham.com/satcom.

– Inmarsat highlights SwiftBroadband development plans, focusing on the continued evolution of Inmarsat’s L-band services and Inmarsat’s long term commitment to L-band services for aviation.

NBAA, Orlando, FL | October 31, 2012– Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today provided the latest updates on the continued evolution of its enhanced SwiftBroadband functionality at NBAA 2012.

The enhanced capabilities, which will become available in 2013, include the introduction of high data rate technology, delivering up to 700kbps of IP data streaming per channel, SwiftBroadband services optimized for helicopters and key steps to the availability of safety services over SwiftBroadband (in addition to the existing Inmarsat safety services). SwiftBroadband-based safety services will bring prioritized IP connectivity to the cockpit for the first time, while reducing the cost of satellite ACARS messaging by at least 30%

Inmarsat will additionally be providing further details on the 2013 launch of the Alphasat I-XL satellite. Alphasat will supplement Inmarsat’s current series of I-4 satellites, providing additional SwiftBroadband capacity over Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

David Coiley, Inmarsat Vice President, Aviation, said, “It is clear SwiftBroadband will continue to be a key technology platform for the entire aviation market, and in particular building on Inmarsat success in the business and general aviation. Inmarsat remains committed to L-band for the long term and our SwiftBroadband platform complements the introduction of our Ka-band GX Aviation services from first quarter 2015, giving Inmarsat the most powerful, flexible and capable portfolio of satellite communications services for aviation now and in the future, bar none.”

Inmarsat also confirmed the timetable for the launch of GX Aviation, its global Ka-band service. The first of the three I-5 satellites, currently under construction by Boeing, will be launched in the second half of 2013, followed by the other two at six month intervals. GX Aviation will be available from early 2015.

NBAA, Orlando, FL | October 30, 2012– ARINC Direct is highlighting ADConnect, its new aviation softphone application for iPhone and Android smartphone users at the world’s largest business aviation show, NBAA this week at the Orange County Convention Centre, Florida (Booth No N2155.)

The app provides the business aircraft traveller with a bridge between his or her personal communication device and the advanced communication technology available on business jets today.

ADConnect customers will have the ability to make and receive voice calls using their personal smart phones onboard the aircraft, rather than requiring a dedicated aircraft handset, giving the user access to their personal contacts. The phone app uses a web-based configuration service programmed with customer’s accounts based on individual aircraft tail numbers.

Each account contains a list of aircraft tail numbers within the company fleet and features all the configuration information required to authenticate with the onboard PBX/CGs, permitting access to an Iridium voice channel, Inmarsat Classic voice channel, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband voice channel, Yonder VOIP, Inmarsat streaming IP or any combination of equipment.

The app is compatible with all aircraft wireless avionics technologies connected to INMARSAT (Swift64/Swift Broadband, classic Aero), Yonder and Iridium satellite services. ARINC Direct contracted with CounterPath, experts in innovative SIP-based softphones, server applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions to develop the branded SIP phone client for both iPhone and Android users.

“This app allows business jet travelers who need to stay connected when they fly to easily reach both business and personal contacts anywhere in world using their personal smart phone, conveniently from the seat of their business aircraft,” said Bob Richard, Senior Director, ARINC Direct. “In addition, its dynamic and automated custom provisioning allows customers to have individual call configurations per aircraft tail number within their fleet.”

Additional features of ADConnect include the most desired phone capabilities-call forwarding, call swapping, merge and split calls, as well as transfer calls. If required, the app is configurable for

VPN operations and has DTMF capability to support automated attendants and other applications requiring touch tone operations.

ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2009 Rev C certified.

For more information, visit the website at www.arinc.com.

– Singapore Airlines has launched SwiftBroadband-based passenger connectivity services on an initial 14 A340, A380 and B777 aircraft, with full roll-out on the current fleet within two years
– Programme allows passengers to use their Wi-Fi and GSM/GPRS-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops PCs for Internet access, email, Instant Messaging and SMS messaging
– SwiftBroadband is trusted by airlines around the globe for reliable and consistent high data rate IP-based satcoms services, supporting communications and applications for both passengers and airlines.

LONDON and LONG BEACH | September 18, 2012 — APEX EXPO (Booth 1231) – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced that Singapore Airlines will provide Wi-Fi and GSM passenger connectivity on its long-haul fleets, using OnAir’s connectivity services operating over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband.

Following an introductory launch earlier in the year, inflight connectivity is now available on 14 Singapore Airlines aircraft, including all five Airbus A340-500s which are deployed on the world’s longest non-stop flights, between Singapore and both Newark and Los Angeles, as well as on Airbus A380-800s. It will also be available on the airline’s Boeing B777-300ERs.

Inmarsat SwiftBroadband is specifically designed to provide reliable and ubiquitous high data rate IP-based satellite communications coverage, to enable inflight connectivity for airlines and their passengers across the world. SwiftBroadband already delivers multiple channels of IP communications to aircraft and Inmarsat will continue to evolve the service in terms of bandwidth and applications in the coming months, further enhancing the business benefits of SwiftBroadband and giving its airline customers the competitive edge.

David Coiley, Inmarsat Vice President, Aviation, said, “Inmarsat welcomes Singapore Airlines as a SwiftBroadband customer. Singapore Airlines is one of the most prominent architects of the modern in-flight experience. The fact that this industry leader selected SwiftBroadband is a great testament to what can be achieved, now, with this much-trusted platform. Among the key strengths of SwiftBroadband are the consistency and reliability of the service, and its ubiquity, enabling passengers on SwiftBroadband-enabled aircraft to get connected wherever they are in the world. It sounds obvious to say, but airlines want to provide the same level of service wherever they are flying. Secondly, SwiftBroadband provides the optimum balance between quality of the passenger experience, and the best investment case for the airline.”

• Inmarsat to provide packaged on-demand video content over the SwiftBroadband network, recreating the personalised on-demand TV experience in the air, with content streamed instantly to passengers’ smartphones, tablets or laptops
• SBTV is easy to deploy, and offers content including news, sport and business updates, transmitted live and regularly updated and refreshed throughout the flight
• SBTV allows airlines to customise content and choice of content providers, allowing unique service offerings and tailoring by region and/or flight route
• SwiftBroadband is trusted by airlines around the globe for reliable and ubiquitous satcoms, now delivering a brand new in-flight media experience for passengers –
See a world-first demonstration of Inmarsat’s SBTV at APEX 2012

LONDON and LONG BEACH | September 17, 2012 — APEX Expo (Booth 1231) – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the launch of SBTV, a new platform that enables airlines to provide real-time and updated on-demand entertainment content to passengers’ own devices. News, sports and other video content is transmitted to the aircraft over the SwiftBroadband network and then distributed wirelessly to passengers’ own devices, which can include smartphones, laptops, tablets and other personal media players.

In today’s on-demand, multi-screen TV world, viewers are increasingly choosing to watch the latest shows streamed across IP networks to a variety of connected devices, enabling them to enjoy the content they love whenever and wherever they choose. Now with SBTV, airline passengers can access the latest news and entertainment in the same way, mirroring the viewing experience at home.

David Coiley, Inmarsat Vice President, Aviation, said: “SBTV has been designed to reflect the way TV content is now consumed by people on the ground, enabling more viewer choice thanks to the ability to consume on-demand content on PCs, tablets and smartphones. SBTV provides an opportunity for airlines to leapfrog the limitations of rolling broadcast news services by allowing passengers on-demand access to the latest news and sports programming on their own, to choose what they watch and when they watch it.”

SBTV enables airlines to select and tailor the volume and variety of content they offer their passengers, uniquely enabling customisation for specific routes or regions, providing a strong product differentiation opportunity. Content can be uploaded live, and updated as often as the airline chooses. SBTV can be deployed quickly, at low cost to the airline, and may be integrated on existing WiFi or IFE systems.

The appetite for on-demand viewing is growing rapidly across the globe. According to the most recent research results from comScore’s Video Metrix, more than 180 million US Internet users watched 33 billion online content videos in June 2012, up from 6.9 billion the previous year.

Coiley continued, “With the introduction of GX Aviation in early 2015, GXTV will become available, which will further increase the volume and range of real-time content that can be made available, delivering the ultimate solution for customised TV content delivery, including the ability to provide multiple broadcast IPTV channels.”

This is the latest innovation in Inmarsat’s long history as the premier satcoms partner for the aviation industry. For over 20 years, Inmarsat has provided communications for aircraft. Over 11,000 commercial and non-commercial aircraft currently rely on Inmarsat services. More than 24 leading airlines around the world have selected Inmarsat technology for inflight connectivity, including British Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and TAM Airlines. More than half of the world’s A380 fleet is equipped with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband.

To see a demonstration of SBTV at APEX – Booth 1231

– Asia Pacific carriers select SwiftBroadband for passenger Wi-Fi connectivity supplied by Inmarsat partner, OnAir – ANA to deploy new in-flight Wi-Fi service on internation routes from mid-2013 – Cebu Pacific Airway to provide internet services on its Airbus A330 fleet

London, United Kingdom | July 10, 2012/PRNewswire/– Inmarsat , the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that SwiftBroadband(TM) will be deployed as the satellite backbone for inflight internet services on two airlines in the Asia Pacific region.

Japanese air carrier ANA will deploy SwiftBroadband on its international routes from mid-2013. ANA is one of Japan’s leading airlines and a member of the Star Alliance. From next year, Inmarsat-enabled wi-fi services will be available on all the airline’s international routes, which mainly serve American and European destinations.

The SwiftBroadband service is being provided by Inmarsat distribution partner OnAir, which will deploy its ‘Internet OnAir’ wi-fi capability in each aircraft. The agreement initially covers 28 aircraft, made up of a mix of Boeing 777-300ERs and Boeing 767-300ERs.

OnAir is also providing inflight connectivity for Cebu Pacific Air, the Philippines’ largest flag carrier and the first low cost carrier (LCC) in Southeast Asia. Starting with deployment in its Airbus A330 fleet, it will roll out Internet OnAir to passengers during 2013. The airline also has the option to install wi-fi on its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, for short haul flights, in the next phase.

Once in service, Cebu Pacific passengers will be able to access the Internet while in-flight and make calls using Voice over IP (VoIP) applications via wi-fi enabled devices, including Android(TM) phones and tablets, iPhone®, iPad®, Blackberry®, and laptops. Manilla-based Cebu Pacific Air will be the first long-haul LCC in South East Asia to provide inflight internet access.

Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, commented: “The decision by these airlines to select Internet OnAir is a strong indication of their shared vision and support for our global inflight connectivity solutions. It is clear that the SwiftBroadband-based service continues to deliver the best-in-class solution by providing what passengers want, at the right price, and with connectivity that is consistent across the globe.”

Ronald Spithout, President of Inmarsat’s Enterprise business unit added: “Both ANA and Cebu Pacific Air are highly-respected airlines that have committed to SwiftBroadband, alongside Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. This is a significant endorsement of the ability of SwiftBroadband to deliver inflight data connectivity for passengers, with a service quality commensurate with a world-class operator.”

SwiftBroadband is the most successful broadband data solution in the airline industry, with over 2,500 aircraft systems operating on routes all over the world. It provides services to both cockpit and cabin, delivering multiple simultaneous channels of IP data to support internet browsing, Virtual Private Networks, email, telephony, VoIP, and text messaging.

– First European Certification of AVIATOR 200 Aboard Falcon 2000LX Aircraft Increases Affordability of Follow-on Installations

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND [EBACE 2012] | May 13, 2012 -– Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight
connectivity for business aviation, announces that Jet Aviation AG Basel, a member of the
company’s global dealer network, has received a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC)
from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the AVIATOR 200 system aboard the
Falcon 2000LX.

The AVIATOR 200 enables near-global email, light Internet and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s
satellite-based SwiftBroadband service. Passengers and crew can send and receive e-mail with
attachments, surf the web, access a corporate VPN and more, using their own Wi-Fi-enabled
laptops, tablets, electronic flight bags, and smartphones. They can also place and receive voice
calls using integrated cabin handsets. Customers can use the system’s voice and data functions
simultaneously. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solutions are powered by Thrane & Thrane.
A complete AVIATOR 200 equipment package costs approximately $60,000, plus installation.
Of particular note, the system uses a small, low-gain antenna, which serves to ease overall
certification requirements and reduces installation complexity.

Jet Aviation is making the new STC available to other service facilities for a nominal fee, enabling
more affordable follow-on installations for other Falcon 2000 operators seeking connectivity
services for their aircraft. The STC was specifically designed for maximum applicability to other
Falcon 2000 models and the most common avionics configurations in the field.
Tobias Franke, Jet Aviation’s Director of Sales and Revenue Management, said, “We had noted
strong customer demand for affordable communications and connectivity services, particularly
for e-mail, and recognized the cost-saving benefits to our customers in not having to wait for
EASA certification. With our new STC, passengers and crews are able to use their own Wi-Fi
devices to stay productive as they travel,” he concluded.

“With light Internet, e-mail and voice capabilities in a single, affordable equipment package, we
believe the AVIATOR 200 is an extraordinary value,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice
president and general manager. “We believe the system’s simplified installation requirements
further increase market appeal and make it an economical connectivity solution for operation in
multiple world regions.”

For more information about Aircell connectivity solutions in the European market, including the
new AVIATOR 200 certification for Falcons, operators are invited to contact Jean-Luc
Rosenfeld, Aircell European Sales Manager, at jlucrosenfeld@aircell.com or +41.32.841.2838.

Geneva, Switzerland | November 29, 2011 — OnAir will be an Inmarsat Distribution Partner for Global XpressTM, the first global Ka-band network to provide inflight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market.

OnAir currently uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) to provide the connectivity for Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir, and has been working with Inmarsat over a period of time on a seamless upgrade path from SBB to GX.

“We are delighted to be working with Inmarsat to bring passengers the next generation of inflight connectivity,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “That passengers want inflight connectivity is beyond doubt. The provision of a consistent global service is particularly important for our customers, so that they know exactly what to expect, wherever and whenever they fly.”

Global Xpress will operate in the Ka-band, and thus will provide users with significantly higher throughput than other satellite solutions, including the current generation technology based on Ku-band. This improved performance, combined with superior economics for both services and equipment and complete coverage of air routes, positions Global Xpress to support broad introduction of connectivity services to passengers and airlines on a sustainable basis across their entire fleets.

“We have a very strong history with OnAir,” said Leo Mondale, Managing Director of Inmarsat GX. “OnAir was appointed our first SwiftBroadband Distribution Partner back in 2006, and in 2009 was given an award for being the greatest contributor to SBB growth. OnAir has demonstrated its ability to integrate Inmarsat technology and services into attractive solutions for the aviation market, and we’re delighted to extend the relationship to include Global Xpress’s broadband services. The partnership with OnAir represents another major step toward realizing the next generation in aviation connectivity, which we’ll begin offering commercially in 2013.”

This agreement enables OnAir, a leading provider global SBB services for commercial airlines, governmental and business aircraft, to remain at the forefront of the sector, while ensuring that the business becomes the benchmark for industry solutions.

OnAir is planning to offer Global Xpress services to its customers starting in 2013.

Seattle, WA | September 12, 2011 — A new suite of products that provide ultra-competitive in-flight connectivity for passengers and crew will be launched by ARINC at the APEX Show in Seattle, USA this week (12-15 September.)

ARINC’s Cabin Connect products incorporate technological advances which, together with the enhanced bandwidth offered by SwiftBroadband, provide commercial carriers with a cost-effective and highly flexible onboard wifi option that offers numerous benefits to both airlines and passengers.

Cabin Connect enables passengers to access the internet directly from their own personal electronic devices (PEDs), whether laptop, smart phone, tablet (iPad/Playbook) or gaming devices. Users simply log on to the system through a hotspot portal similar to those found in internet cafés and hotels.

Airlines can provide this service free of charge or use it to generate revenue through a range of charging options – per hour, per flight or per month. For example, passengers can either select a pre-paid option when buying their ticket or pay onboard via credit card, cash or frequent flyer miles payments. Airlines can also offer enhanced ARINC inflight entertainment (IFE) and communications products – including seatback messaging and live news for passengers, without a PED.

“Thanks to developments in SwiftBroadband technology we are very pleased to offer a strong alternative value proposition for airlines wishing to pursue connectivity within the cabin,” said Lee Costin, Director of ARINC’s Satellite Solutions and Cabin Services.

Providing passengers with onboard wifi, supported by ARINC’s Live Credit Card Authorisation (Live CCA), significantly reduces the risks of fraudulent transactions – estimated to be between 4% and 8% of the total – thanks to real-time authorisation. This enables carriers to confidently promote and sell more luxurious, higher-value items in their duty-free catalogue. According to Costin, many airlines regard Live CCA as a key benefit to installing satcom on their aircraft.

Airlines can also increase revenue by offering onboard retail portals with partner goods and services, as well as through sponsorship and advertising on their sites. ARINC is working with numerous carriers to ensure they get the most from their onboard connectivity.

“We are seeing a large number of both short and long haul carriers looking at their onboard connectivity plans,” added Lee Costin.. “ARINC is now in a position to compete head-on with the more established players in the industry and we look forward to the next 12 months which will be a very exciting time for in-flight connectivity.”

ARINC’s new AirCrew Connect – another product in the Cabin Connect suite – boosts efficiency and facilitates a higher level of customer service. Via a direct link to the airline’s headquarters or ground operations department, cabin crew can carry out a range of customer services, such as booking onboard transfers, tracking lost baggage or finding a hotel room. AirCrew Connect also enables real time fault-finding so any issue with IFE or onboard systems can either be remedied in flight, or engineers can be booked to be waiting on hand for the aircraft to arrive at its destination, decreasing the amount of downtime the airframe requires.

“ARINC’s flexibility in charging options can even include third party sponsorship of services to be used,” he said. “Content provision is also extremely flexible and can be varied by route, aircraft type and class of travel if required.”

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL [LABACE 2011] | August 10, 2011 –- Aircell, the world’s leading provider of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, announces that two members of its global dealer network have received separate installation certifications for AVIATOR 300 and AVIATOR 350 systems from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC). A significant milestone in the worldwide proliferation of in-flight connectivity for business aviation, these new certifications represent the first-ever approvals of SwiftBroadband-based communications systems in Brazil.

Aircell’s AVIATOR-series products, powered by Thrane & Thrane, enable global email, light Internet and voice capabilities via Inmarsat’s satellite-based SwiftBroadband service.

“Aircell is proud to be bringing the productivity-enhancing benefits of SwiftBroadband to Brazil for the very first time,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president & general manager. “The diversity of these two new installations – one in a light jet and the other in a transport-category aircraft – are shining examples of SwiftBroadband’s capability, the flexibility of the AVIATOR equipment packages, and the expertise of Aircell’s global dealer & distributor network. The customers are thrilled to have the very latest technology aboard their aircraft,” concluded Wade. Following are details of the two recent system certifications in Brazil.

· An AVIATOR 350 system was installed and certified aboard an Airbus ACJ319 in VVIP configuration by Avionics Services of Sao Paulo. AVIATOR 350 incorporates a High Gain Antenna (HGA) that enables near-global coverage and connection speeds up to 432 kbps. Incorporating an exclusive Iridium/Inmarsat filter solution, the system was fully integrated with the Aircell Axxess cabin system and included cockpit data capabilities. Joao Batista Vernini, Director and CEO of Avionics Services, said, “This VVIP customer is one of the most demanding we’ve ever worked with and the AVIATOR system met all of their expectations. The system has performed flawlessly and they are very happy with the connectivity & communications benefits it provides them,” he concluded.
· An AVIATOR 300 system was installed and certified aboard a Cessna Citation CJ3 by TAM Aviação Executiva at its Sao Paulo facility. AVIATOR 300 incorporates an Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) that enables near-global coverage and connection speeds up to 332 kbps. Roberto Fajardo, GM & Director of Maintenance at TAM Aviação Executiva, said, “The customer is a traditional corporate flight department and they are very pleased to have a system that is affordable, small enough to fit on their aircraft, and capable of giving passengers access to Internet and e-mail in flight. Demand for Aircell’s SwiftBroadband products is rising – more quotes are being requested and we’re about to begin an installation for another customer.”

In addition to the aftermarket, the AVIATOR 300 system is also very popular in the OEM market. The system has now been selected for 12 factory airframe programs, including those at Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna Aircraft Company, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation and Gulfstream Aerospace.

Aircell is displaying its in-flight connectivity range at LABACE 2011 in Sao Paulo this week, Stand #2025. There are a significant number of aircraft in the show’s static display that have one or more Aircell connectivity systems aboard, allowing attendees to see them up close. Aircell will also be tweeting from the show – follow @AircellBizav by visiting www.twitter.com/aircellbizav.

EBACE, Geneva – May 17, 2011 — Dasnair’s Falcon 7X passengers will be able to use their mobile phones and laptops during flights, thanks to OnAir’s inflight connectivity services. Dasnair will be the world’s first Falcon 7X operator to provide the most complete connectivity suite of services installed on a large cabin long range business jet.

Terms of the agreement are currently being finalized and further announcements will be made in the coming weeks. The service is planned to be launched towards the end of 2011 and the first connected flight has already been booked.

OnAir’s SwiftBroadband-based service Mobile OnAir allows passengers to use their own mobile phones and smartphones during flights, just as they do on the ground, for calls, text messages, email and mobile data. Usage is billed by the passenger’s mobile operator, in the same way international, which makes it very simple to use.

Passengers can also use inflight Internet using laptops, tablets or any WiFi-enabled device. It works in the same way as any hotspot in the ground.

“Our Falcon 7X fleet is at the forefront of innovation and the level and quality of the services we offer to our passengers are at the core of our strategy. With OnAir, Dasnair is proud to set the highest standards by being the first business jet operator worldwide to offer our passengers the ability to remain in touch while they fly”, said Gérard Limat, CEO of Dasnair.

The OnAir solution is the lightest, the most versatile offering the most advanced communication capabilities ever deployed on a large cabin-long range business jet and has been specifically designed with this market in mind.

The airborne system, designed and produced by satellite communications specialist TriaGnoSys, weighs only 15kg and consists of just two hardware units. It is fully compatible with any SwiftBroadband-capable Satcom system, for example Honeywell and Thrane & Thrane. Simple installation is part of the design process, and the equipment can be installed in the aircraft during a standard maintenance check.

“We are all becoming increasingly dependent on our mobile devices and, unsurprisingly, people like to continue using their phones and tablets when they are flying. Dasnair passengers will be able to use both GSM and inflight Internet, giving them the flexibility to be connected in the best way to suit their needs”, said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir.

“Dasnair’s selection of OnAir clearly demonstrates the flexibility of our inflight connectivity solution – it shows OnAir can meet passengers’ demands for inflight communication across a number of market segments,” continued Dawkins.

Surf, Talk and Email On the Jet of Jets

EBACE, Geneva – May 16, 2011 — Passengers travelling in Comlux the Aviation Group’s new Airbus 319 CJ, which comes into service in January 2012, will be able to remain in touch during flights using their mobile phones, thanks to OnAir’s inflight connectivity service. Comlux passengers will be able to make and receive calls and text messages, do their emails and use mobile data, OnAir announced today.

The A319 is the second Comlux aircraft to be equipped with OnAir’s services, following the flagship A320 Prestige, which just entered service at the beginning of May 2011.

OnAir’s SwiftBroadband-based service Mobile OnAir enables passengers to use their own mobile phones and Smartphones wherever they are flying in the world. Usage is billed by the passenger’s mobile operator, in the same way as international roaming, which makes it very simple to manage for any VIP operator and charter.

“The aircraft is currently in our completion facility in Indianapolis, USA, being prepared to our exacting standards. It will operate from the Comlux headquarters in Zurich. Our clients made it very clear they want to be able to communicate during flights. Offering Mobile OnAir service is part of our ongoing drive to improve our clients travel experience” said Richard Gaona, CEO of Comlux the Aviation Group.

“Inflight connectivity is now a reality and it should be no surprise that people want to be able to use their phones during flights. After all, we can use them in any other means of transportation. It is particularly true of the people who charter Comlux aircraft, for whom the ability to communicate during flights is very important”, said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir.

AVIATOR 200 System Offers a New Level of Affordability in Satellite-based Connectivity for Business Aircraft

ATLANTA, GA [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – October 18, 2010 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity, today announced that shipments are imminent for its new AVIATOR 200 SwiftBroadband solution. With reduced antenna size and increased affordability, this new system makes satellite-based connectivity practical for a whole new segment of the industry, including light jets and turboprops.

Originally announced at EBACE 2010, the new AVIATOR 200 pairs the proven, lightweight avionics equipment found in existing SwiftBroadband solutions with a small, low-gain satcom antenna. The result is a reduction in overall system size and weight as well as the cost and complexity of aircraft modifications. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solutions are powered by Thrane & Thrane.

With the AVIATOR 200 equipment package and newly-launched SwiftBroadband 200 service from Inmarsat, operators can seamlessly use their personal laptops and mobile devices for e-mail and light Internet services at up to 200 kbps with coverage virtually anywhere in the world. They can also use the system’s integrated cabin handsets to make and receive voice calls.

“The SwiftBroadband service continues to set the standard for affordable, global connectivity,” said John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “The AVIATOR 200 is a great new option for aircraft that operate regionally and don’t require the higher bandwidth offered by other SwiftBroadband systems. The small antenna is a big part of this new system – since it’s about the size of a VHF antenna, it allows for straightforward installation. We’re very pleased to offer the system to the business aviation market.”

Here is a summary of Aircell’s two SwiftBroadband solutions, both of which operate over the newest generation of satellite technology from Inmarsat:

AVIATOR 200 (new). Offers voice service and data connectivity at up to 200 kbps in multiple world regions. Incorporates a small, low-gain antenna (LGA). System weight is approximately 13 lbs. Equipment cost is approximately $55,000, which excludes installation and varies according to selected options and other factors.

AVIATOR 300. Offers voice service and data connectivity at up to 332 kbps on a near-global basis. Incorporates an intermediate-gain antenna. Total system weight is approximately 17 lbs. Equipment cost is approximately $95,000, which excludes installation and varies according to selected options and other factors.

Through a comprehensive product portfolio, Aircell offers one of the industry’s largest selections 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. All Aircell products are available through the Company’s worldwide dealer and distributor network.

Aircell is displaying its complete family of airborne communications systems this week in Booth 3737 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting & convention in Atlanta.

Annapolis, Maryland, USA, April 1, 2010—ARINC Incorporated today announced it has been named a Distribution Partner (DP) by Inmarsat for its high-speed SwiftBroadbandSM satellite communications service.

ARINC is the world’s largest provider of aeronautical satellite communications for commercial airlines, government/military and business aviation. Its new status as Distribution Partner will result in a number of compelling tailored solutions for the aviation market, since ARINC can purchase airtime directly from Inmarsat, instead of through intermediate providers.

“ARINC plans to provide SwiftBroadband connectivity in a one-stop transaction,” said Andy Hubbard, ARINC Aviation Solutions Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “Our customers will not need to source a communications pipe separately, as it will be part of a package with flight applications, connectivity software, and technical support.”

Perry Melton, Inmarsat COO, said “Inmarsat is delighted to further extend our long-standing partnership with ARINC, which has a prominent position in delivering end-to-end solutions for the Aeronautical industry. Working with partners like ARINC is key to the continued success and record growth of SwiftBroadband we have seen to date.”

Bob Richard, ARINC Senior Director, ARINC DirectSM said: “ARINC welcomes this major step forward in our longstanding and successful business relationship with Inmarsat. The designation of Distribution Partner validates the capability and quality of ARINC’s global services operations.”

ARINC offers a range of aircraft applications on the “classic” Inmarsat services of Aero-L, Aero-H/H+, and Aero-I, as well as Swift 64 and SwiftBroadband. The company launched a new marketing initiative for SwiftBroadband to customers effective April 1. As a Distribution Partner, ARINC will be able to sell high-speed SwiftBroadband service more aggressively in its traditional markets of Commercial Aviation, Government/Military, and Business Aviation, as well as in direct sales to other Service Providers.

SwiftBroadband provides ground-to-air and air-to-ground connectivity up to 432Kbps for high-speed data. It is capable of supporting a wide range of crew and passenger applications, Voice communications, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications, passenger telephony including in-seat, mobile, VoIP and text messaging, E-mail, Internet, intranet, instant messaging, secure VPN access, and in-flight news updates. SwiftBroadband can also provide a pre-determined quality of service through streaming classes of 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128kbps, and higher bandwidths.

Geneva, Switzerland, 2 March 2010. OnAir together with Oman Air celebrated a successful first flight using the full spectrum of mobile and WiFi Internet connectivity services based on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband. This is the first time in aviation history that an airline offers such an extensive range of services (GSM/GPRS together with WiFi Internet) at the same time.

At this stage, the service is in operation aboard one of Oman Air’s brand new Airbus A330 aircraft on the Muscat International to London Heathrow route, with planned extensions to other Oman Air aircraft.

Passenger services on the flight provided Internet access via laptops (wireless), as well as the ability via mobile phones and smart phones to make and receive calls, to send and receive text messages and emails, and to access the Internet.

Benoit Debains, CEO of OnAir, commented: “This milestone underlines OnAir’s leadership as the only service provider today capable of offering the full suite of connectivity solutions for cabin and cockpit – GSM/GPRS and WiFi Internet with global coverage.”