Posted on: 15 April 2013 by Mark Howells
Aircell has revealed that the company has completed its acquisition of the Airfone business unit of LiveTV, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways Corporation.
The agreement includes LiveTV’s 1 MHz air-to-ground spectrum licence, as well as the Airfone in-flight communications service, network infrastructure and back-office operational assets.
“We’re delighted to welcome Airfone customers and dedicated employees to the Aircell family,” said John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager.
With a history dating back to the 1970’s, the Airfone service currently operates on frequencies adjacent to those utilized by Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight internet service in the business aviation market – as well as Gogo in the commercial airline market. To support the ongoing expansion of those services, the Airfone service will be permanently decommissioned on December 31, 2013.
To help ease the transition for affected operators, Aircell is offering special replacement incentives on a number of its voice and internet systems. The incentive programme allows Airfone customers to preserve or expand their in-flight communications capabilities at below-market costs.
“In-flight communications have become an indispensable part of the business aviation experience,” added Wade. “To ensure operators aren’t without needed communications capabilities after the December 31 Airfone service shutdown, customers with MagnaStar units are encouraged to begin planning their transition now.”