Aircell, a leading provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, announces that NetJets® is adding in-flight Internet service from Aircell to nearly 100 additional aircraft in its fleet.
In 2010, NetJets made history when it elected to offer in-flight Internet service aboard more than 250 aircraft – representing what Aircell believes to be business aviation’s largest-ever in-flight connectivity order. Today’s announcement for 100 additional systems will expand NetJets’ connected fleet by approximately 40%.
With the service, NetJets passengers and flight crews can 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, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices.
“For both business and pleasure, our Owners value the ability to stay connected while they travel,” said Chuck Suma, NetJets’ Senior Vice President, Aircraft Management. “Connectivity is an integral part of our Owner experience, and the decision to expand was driven by the needs of Owners of our fractional share and card products.”
John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “NetJets’ decision to expand what is already business aviation’s largest fleet of connected aircraft speaks directly to the increasingly important role connectivity plays in the life of today’s traveler. We’re pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with NetJets on this important program.”
The installation process is already underway at Duncan Aviation, and the entire retrofit program is expected to be completed by mid-2014.