ORLANDO, FL [AEA International Convention & Trade Show] – April 8, 2010 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications, today announced that it will soon add a usage-based billing option to its suite of service packages available with its Aircell High Speed Internet products for business, military and government aviation.
The new service package will allow Aircell High Speed Internet customers the option of paying based on the monthly volume of data they consume over the network. The new plan contrasts with Aircell’s current monthly service plans – Ultraspeed Standard and Ultraspeed Lite – which provide unlimited access for a flat monthly fee. The new plan will become available this summer and specific pricing and details will be released prior to that time.
Aircell Senior Vice President and General Manager John Wade said, “Customers with low or sporadic utilization patterns will find great value in getting full access to the Aircell Network in a pay-as-you-go format. Adding a “per megabyte” option to our existing unlimited plans is like adding an a la carte menu to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
“Our original, unlimited data plans have proven to be very popular,” he continued. “People rave about having a predictable flat fee with no restrictions on the number of users, number of logins, session time or amount of data transferred. They say it’s great to just log on and go. Based on the usage patterns we’ve seen in business aviation, most typical flight departments will still find our Ultraspeed Standard plan the best value.
“It’s all about giving customers what they want, keeping things familiar and evolving our services to meet their needs. By offering both unlimited and usage-based billing formats with Aircell High Speed Internet, we provide an even greater level of choice for operators with varying needs,” concluded Wade.
Aircell High Speed Internet is the only solution in business aviation that provides a true high speed Internet experience that equals what passengers are accustomed to on the ground, with equipment that is small and light enough to fit on virtually any business aircraft. It is up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection.
In addition to the Aircell High Speed Internet system for the continental U.S., Aircell is offering its satellite-based SwiftBroadband solution for global service. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband product is powered by Thrane & Thrane.
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 inflight 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®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.