April 17 2014  |  Inflight Entertainment

Astronics AeroSat announces FliteStream™ VVIP launch customer

By Tanya Filippelli

Astronics Corporation has announced that Astronics AeroSat, its wholly-owned subsidiary and manufacturer of Ku-band airborne connectivity solutions, has secured its first VVIP customer for FliteStream™, a satellite broadband solution for the VVIP aircraft market. FliteStream provides a global connectivity solution expressly designed for VVIP and business aviation customers, who demand the highest level of service and performance from airborne broadband systems. The initial FliteStream installation will be performed by Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s Large Transport Category VVIP completions center in Dallas, TX, aboard a new Boeing B747-8 for an undisclosed customer. As part of the complete FliteStream solution, Astronics AeroSat will be providing the full installation design and STC data package.

“We were very impressed with both the capability and range of customized service offerings that Astronics AeroSat delivers through its FliteStream solution,” said Jack Lawless, Chief Executive Officer of Associated Air Center. “When dealing with VVIP aircraft, it’s essential that we offer a well-designed, complete solution that can be tailored to the worldwide operating needs of our customers,” he added.

“We created the FliteStream solution for elite aviation markets, and we’re gratified that an organization as capable and well-regarded as Associated Air Center would be our customer,” said Skip Feher, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Astronics AeroSat. “Because the FliteStream connectivity service is not shared with commercial airline passengers, it offers a more robust and predictable broadband experience that’s not susceptible to choke points in areas of high density airline traffic, making it extremely attractive to VVIP customers.”

The one-stop FliteStream solution features AeroSat’s, patented “Lens Horn” antenna technology, a defined upgrade path to Ka-band, and a Certification Assistance Program™. Worldwide, 24/7 AOG support with a single point of contact is also included.

 

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