American Completes First Aircell Installation

By Tish Drake | January 22, 2008
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American Airlines completed the first aircraft installation of the Aircell Internet broadband connectivity system at its Kansas City, Mo., maintenance facility. American plans to test the technology in 2008 on all 15 of its Boeing 767-200 aircraft that primarily fly transcontinental routes. Prior to customer use, the aircraft will begin systems and beta testing pending certifications from FAA. Aircell will offer the service to American Airlines customers in all classes on the B767-200 aircraft for a fee. Pending connectivity trials on B767 aircraft, American said it could extend the service to the remainder of the domestic fleet. Aircell’s air-to-ground broadband system will provide an Internet connection, VPN access and e-mail capabilities through all Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, PDAs and portable gaming devices. Aircell’s air-to-ground in-flight Internet system for commercial aircraft uses three antennae installed on the outside of the aircraft. One antenna, the PCS/GPS antenna, is mounted on the top of the aircraft, and the other two antennas are mounted to the bottom of the aircraft.

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