Posted on: 15 April 2013 by Mark Howells
Aircell has completed its acquisition of the Airfone business unit of LiveTV, 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 inflight 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 1970s, the Airfone service currently operates on frequencies adjacent to those utilised by Aircell’s Gogo Biz inflight 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 31 December 2013.
Airfone subscribers can visit www.airfonetransition.com to obtain complete details about the pending network shutdown – including timelines, FAQs, replacement system options, contact information and more.
To ease the transition for affected operators, Aircell is offering special replacement incentives on a number of its voice and internet systems. The incentive programme – available exclusively to current Airfone subscribers until 31 December 2013 – allows customers to preserve or expand their inflight communications capabilities at below-market costs.