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Cessna to offer in-flight connectivity on three Citations

On the day before the largest European business jet show opens, Cessna Aircraft announced that it will offer Aircell’s worldwide in-flight data system as an option on new Citation XLS+, Citation Sovereign and Citation X aircraft beginning in 2012.

The system will deliver inflight connectivity and allow passengers to send and receive e-mail, surf the web and access a corporate VPN using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, electronic flight bags and smartphones. They will also be able to place and receive voice calls using integrated cabin handsets.

The broadband system is compatible with wireless equipped personal devices such as laptops, tablet devices, electronic flight bags and smartphones. It is suitable for in-flight e-mail access, light internet use and corporate virtual private network or VPN, access, the company said.

Cessna also announced that it took an order this month for 10 Model 172 Skyhawks from the Turkish Aeronautical Association.  And it opened a new Cessna Citation Service Center in Valencia, Spain, to augment its center in Paris supporting its fleet of aircraft in Europe.

Cessna also plans to deliver three Grand Caravan 208B aircrft this year to an unnamed Vicenza, Italy-based commercial aircraft operator.

The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, or EBACE, runs Tuesday through Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland.