Aircell Announces SwiftBroadband Certification Aboard Falcons in Europe

Jet Aviation AG Basel has received a new Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the European Aviation Safety Agency for the AVIATOR 200 system aboard the Falcon 2000LX.

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 or +41.32.841.2838.

About Jet Aviation
Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 5,000 employees cater to client needs from 25 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, fixed base operations, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 200 aircraft. Please visit and follow us on Twitter at

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