Itasca, IL – December 21, 2009 – Little St. Nick just received a big upgrade, making it easier than ever for Santa Claus to come to town. Thanks to a recent Gogo Inflight Internet installation, Santa’s sleigh will be equipped with the same speedy Internet service that thousands of travelers use every day.
Citing previous communication delays with both the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa put in a request this year for a Christmas present of his own: to equip his sleigh with Inflight Internet. The elves went to work, partnering with Aircell - the leading provider of inflight connectivity and creator of Gogo Inflight Internet - to ready Santa’s sleigh for this year’s trip.
The sleigh was Gogo-equipped after just one overnight at the workshop. “I was impressed with the speedy installation, although I can get quite a lot done in one night as well,” said Santa with a wink in his eye.
Santa went on to express his excitement that his Christmas Eve journey will run more smoothly and efficiently than ever, thanks to his newfound connectivity. “Now I can instant message with the elves inflight with last minute updates and to keep everything running on schedule,” Santa declared. “I can also update my Facebook page so Mrs. Claus will know when I’ll be home. What I’m most excited about, though, is the ability to check weather patterns inflight and avoid delays that might mar my perfect delivery record.”
In addition to letting Santa Claus check weather, keep in touch with loved ones and surf the Web when the sleigh is on autopilot, the Gogo service will also serve as backup support to Rudolph, who no longer will be Santa’s only line of defense against foggy Christmas Eves.
Santa first became aware of Inflight Internet after taking several Gogo-equipped flights this past year. According to Tom Weigman, Executive Vice President, Wireless Services, Aircell, “When the elves reached out to us with a request that Aircell equip Santa’s sleigh, they said he had tried Gogo and enjoyed updating the Naughty & Nice List from 35,000 feet. After using the service a few more times to check weather patterns and eBay holiday specials, Santa knew he didn’t want to be without it on Christmas Eve.”
Travelers throughout the country can also experience Gogo for themselves on all AirTran and Virgin America flights, as well as hundreds of Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada flights – starting at $4.95 – this holiday season and throughout the New Year.
“Merry Christmas to all,” exclaimed Santa, “and to all a good flight .”
Aircell® is the world’s leading provider of airborne communications. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its inflight portal, Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell’s vision is to give everyone the ability to stay in touch, in flight®. For more information about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo®, powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com. You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter and Facebook.
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