Flexjet To Offer In-flight Wi-Fi From Aircell


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Flexjet To Offer In-flight Wi-Fi From Aircell

By Jim Douglas

September 10, 2010 - The ultimate business tool just got an upgrade. After 15 years of providing award-winning private aviation solutions, Flexjet will now offer Aircell's Gogo Biz in-flight Wi-Fi service as a standard feature on its fractional program aircraft at no additional charge to owners. This new system allows Flexjet customers to use any Wi-Fi device ranging from smart phones to laptops to access the Web for enhanced productivity and convenience while they fly. 

"With Gogo Biz, our aircraft truly transform into high-functioning mobile offices. Flexjet is obsessed with being superior in every way, and we are pleased to offer our customers the ability to stay connected in the air. Gogo Biz was the only choice for us, it is lightweight, affordable, and best of all, it gives our passengers a full-speed Internet experience like they expect on the ground," said Fred Reid, President, Flexjet.


Gogo Biz in-flight Internet will provide Flexjet customers with an easy-to-use and reliable high-speed connection that rivals on-ground services. Installation of this lightweight system will first begin on the 25 Challenger 300 and seven Challenger 604/605 jets in the Flexjet fractional fleet, the youngest in the industry with an average aircraft age of 3.5 years. All new aircraft introduced into the fractional fleet will automatically be outfitted with the broadband equipment. 

"Connectivity plays an essential role in our lives, it is woven into the fabric of everything we do," said John Wade, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Aircell. "Whether traveling for business or pleasure, Flexjet customers will reap the benefits of high-speed Internet service on Flexjet's legendary fractional fleet of Learjet and Challenger aircraft." 

Flexjet is based in Richardson, Texas, a division of Bombardier, one of the world's largest business aviation manufacturer, first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet now offers whole aircraft ownership and management, fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services. Flexjet is the first fractional aircraft program manager in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation's Industry Audit Standard.


Flexjet's fractional program fields an exclusive family of Bombardier business aircraft, the youngest in the fractional jet industry with an average age of 3.5 years?including the Learjet 40 XR, Learjet 45 XR, Learjet 60 XR, Challenger 300, Challenger 604 and Challenger605 business jets.  

Flexjet has an approved fractional ownership program pursuant 14 C.F.R. Part 91, Subpart K, and operates flights for individual aircraft owners under Part 91 whole aircraft management program. All other flights (e.g. Flexjet 25 card program, charter card program, supplemental lift, etc.) are provided by certificated air carriers in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, as Flexjetis not an air carrier. 

Aircell is the world's leading provider of airborne communications and a single-source, turnkey provider of equipment, service, and technical support. With a global sales and support presence, its products are offered by virtually every fixed- and rotor-wing airframe manufacturer in business aviation, and are installed aboard the world's four largest fractional ownership fleets. 

As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary new mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its in-flight portal, known as Gogo, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. 

The Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business Aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the ability to stay In Touch, In Flight.


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