Aircell Gets Approval For In-Flight Broadband
Aircell has received two important approvals from the FAA that will allow the company to offer its in-flight mobile broadband on U.S. domestic flights.
The first approval is a Supplemental Type Certificate, permitting installation and operation of Aircell’s in-flight mobile broadband on commercially operated Boeing 767-200 planes. The second approval is a Parts Manufacture Approval that allows for the manufacturing of aircraft parts at the company’s Bensenville, IL. facility.
Aircell plans to offer in-flight broadband on American Airlines and Virgin America. The company has not given a specific date as to when the service will be available but says it will roll out sometime in 2008. Aircell said it might add other airlines in the future.
"Having received these critical approvals from the FAA, we now have the ability to rapidly expand to the rest of American’s 767-200 fleet," said Joe Cruz, SVP and CTO of Aircell. "Initially we will provide passengers flying between Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Miami in-flight Internet, which research indicates passengers want and need," continued Cruz.
"Working collaboratively with the FAA to receive the initial STC helps pave the way for future certifications on additional aircraft used by our airline partners."