Posted on: 11 November 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Aircell has announced that Travel Management Company (TMC) is installing Gogo Biz connectivity on the privately-owned charter operator’s fleet of mid-size aircraft.
Installations have begun and are due for completion in the spring of 2012. This announcement includes 21 firm orders plus options for as many as 30 systems for deployment on additional aircraft.
Gogo Biz enables passengers and flight crews to enjoy high-speed Internet capabilities above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, EFBs, smartphones and other mobile devices.
TMC solely owns and operates 50 light and midsize jets, including the industry’s newest and largest privately-owned fleet of Hawker 400XP’s, along with a growing fleet of Hawker 800/850XP’s.
“We own every one of the aircraft we operate and that gives us complete control over the fleet – including what amenities are offered,” commented general manager of TMC, Scott Wise (pictured left during NBAA 2011 with Andy Geist, senior vice president, business aviation solutions at Aircell). “Connectivity has become like oxygen to our customers and Gogo Biz will dramatically change the in-flight passenger experience, as well as significantly differentiate us in the charter market. We’re delighted to offer it and look forward to completing the installation process.”
“We continue to hear that charter aircraft equipped with Gogo Biz fly more than those that aren’t, and that when customers search for lift, Internet-enabled charter aircraft get chosen first. We’re pleased to see TMC using Gogo Biz as a strategic tool to continue growing and expanding their company,” said John Wade, Aircell’s executive vice president and general manager.