NBAA 2015: Wheels Up signs on to Gogo Text & Talk

Wheels Up, the membership-based private aviation company, is to install Gogo’s Text & Talk service on select aircraft, providing members with complimentary access to in-flight texting and calling capabilities in addition to existing Wi-Fi and entertainment options.

The service works via a smartphone app and Wi-Fi connection, and is easy to use because it mimics the operation and native features of the passenger’s device, including Caller ID, contact lists and call histories. Importantly, it uses the passenger’s own mobile number, allowing for truly seamless operation.“We are proud to be the first private aviation company to offer Gogo’s Text & Talk service fleet-wide,” said Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up founder and CEO. “The cutting-edge technology makes sense for Wheels Up members who want to stay connected when they are flying.”Dichter added that call quality is as clear as on-ground cellular communications, and represents a vast improvement over the preceding satellite phone technology. Fleet-wide installation will be finalised by the end of the year. Wheels Up has a private fleet of new Beechcraft King Air 350i and Citation Excel/XLS aircraft.

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