Gulfstream Aerospace has selected Aircell's Axxess cabin communications system as standard equipment aboard its new, ultra-large, long-range G650 business jet.

Axxess provides global voice service and narrowband data capabilities via the Iridium satellite network.

Integrated cabin handsets allow passengers and crew to easily place and receive voice calls to or from anywhere in the world.

Axxess is currently offered on dozens of individual factory aircraft from Gulfstream.

"Since Aircell Axxess is also offered on several other Gulfstream aircraft, fleet commonality will help passengers feel right at home as they communicate with family, friends and colleagues as they fly," said Aircell executive vice president and general manager John Wade.

Separately, Aircell said the Axxess communications system and its data interface unit (DIU) have received approval in SITA's validation, assessment & qualification (VAQ) program. This qualification is "a critical milestone" as FANS (future air navigation system) over Iridium (FOI) technology continues to emerge, as it "validates that Aircell's satcom equipment meets all the performance requirements" for operation in a FANS environment.

Source: Flight Daily News