NBAA: BBJ gets first certification for eXConnect

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TrueNorth Avionics signed a deal with Airbus Corporate JetLiners this morning establishing it as the provider of forward-fit onboard telecommunications systems for aircraft completed at the Airbus Corporate Jet Center in Toulouse.

The deal was signed by TrueNorth president and chief executive Mark van Berkel and Airbus Corporate Jet Centre head of procurement Bruno Cousin.

Meanwhile, Boeing Business Jets today announced the first certification and installation of Panasonic Avionics' in-flight wireless high-speed broadband service, eXConnect, on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) aircraft.

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As part of the installation agreement, Panasonic will use the privately owned BBJ for ongoing testing and validation, as well as for live demonstrations. The system supports a wide range of passenger and crew applications including very high-speed internet access to passengers anywhere in the world at speeds of up to 50Mbps to the aircraft. That's about 100 times the speed of the fastest Internet currently available on airplanes.

"The eXConnect system installed on the Boeing 737 continues to exceed our expectations, and we are very excited to show customers, OEMs and other groups the true broadband experience made possible by our Ku solution," said Paul Margis, chief executive of Panasonic Avionics.

The fuselage-mounted antenna communicates through a global network of satellites, and provides higher data rates than tail-mounted antennas traditionally used on business aviation aircraft. The BBJ is ideally suited for carrying a larger and more capable antenna than smaller business jets, so global coverage is possible.

"Since its introduction to the market, the Boeing Business Jet has always provided something more than the traditional corporate jet manufacturers have been able to provide - more space, more comfort, more productivity and more utility," said Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor.

"Panasonic's new high-speed data system opens up a new capability to our customers that will help satisfy the growing need for passengers to be connected all the time, including in the air," said Taylor.