Posted on: 07 April 2010 by Mark Howells
Aircell 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 give 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 nearer to that time.
Aircell senior vice-president and general manager John Wade explained, “Customers with low or sporadic utilisation 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 à la carte menu to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
“Our original, unlimited data plans have proven to be very popular,” Wade 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,” he concluded.
In addition to the Aircell High Speed Internet system for the continental USA, Aircell is offering its satellite-based SwiftBroadband solution for global service. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband product is powered by Thrane & Thrane.