ARINC Direct Airborne Internet Service Expands

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ARINC Direct this week unveiled coverage expansion for its SKYLink satellite broadband for business jets. The coverage will by Q4 2007 include major portions of Central and South America with SKYLink Ku-band coverage of the entire Caribbean, though partnerships with SES AMERICOM. The service's total coverage area will by year-end include coverage stretching from Central Europe across the Atlantic, including southern Greenland, through northern portions of South America. In other words, SKYLink customers will be able to fly from Central Europe, through North America and on to South America with uninterrupted e-mail and Internet service. Much of the new service provided by SES AMERICOM comes through a new ground station in Miami. "Providing 'in flight' connectivity to owners and passengers of business jets is becoming a 'must have' service for business executives on long-haul flights, and AMERICOM is delighted to provide the bandwidth and infrastructure to facilitate SKYLink's growth and expansion," Orlando Skelton, vice president of enterprise services for SES AMERICOM, said in a press release. Specific coverage areas will include Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Colombia, Ecuador, Northern Bolivia and Northwestern Brazil. Most of Mexico is already covered by SKYLink's service. SES AMERICOM is able to provide end-to-end telecommunications solutions to any region of the world via a fleet of 37 satellites.