GENEVA, SWITZERLAND [EBACE 2006] – May 3, 2006 – Aircell, Inc. and MedAire, Inc. announce MedLink Powered by Aircell, an exclusive new program that gives business aircraft operators access to inflight, on-demand medical assistance worldwide. The MedLink Powered by Aircell program is available exclusively to Aircell satcom customers.
Using speed dialing from their Aircell satcom system, passengers and flight crews can talk directly to emergency room physicians at MedAire’s 24/7 MedLink Global Response Center. With special training in remote airborne diagnosis and treatment, the physicians provide real-time medical advice to help people manage medical concerns occurring aboard their aircraft.
MedLink Powered by Aircell was designed by MedAire and Aircell exclusively for the needs of the worldwide business aviation community. Aircell is the first telecommunications company in the world to make such a service available as a part of a total communications solution.
As the leader in providing remote medical advice to the aviation industry, MedAire handles over 75 inflight incidents every single day. “This unique opportunity gives MedAire access to the light jet market which we have not traditionally pursued,” said Jeffrey Gregorec, MedAire Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Many times, light jets, which make up the largest segment of the business aviation market, don’t have the communications capability onboard to make contact with MedLink. But with Aircell already onboard thousands of those aircraft – that all changes,” he said.
“Being a one-stop-shop for airborne telecommunications equipment, airtime, and value-added services has been a very important part of Aircell’s success,” said Bill Peltola, Aircell Vice President, Sales & Marketing. “MedLink Powered by Aircell offers our customers affordable access to a potentially life-saving service, and we’re pleased to add it to our suite of services.”
MedLink Powered by Aircell will be available beginning in Q3, 2006.
Established in 1985, Phoenix, Arizona-based MedAire provides real-time, emergency medical and security assistance services for companies with employees, customers or guests in remote environments. Clients include commercial airlines, corporate flight departments, maritime operators and government agencies. In providing clients a total health and security solution, MedAire also provides clients with related training, web-based information and specialized resources such as medical and security kits. MedAire, listed under MDE on the Australian Stock Exchange, (ASX: MDE) can be found on the Internet at www.MedAire.com.
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Aircell designs, manufactures, markets and supports a full product line of airborne telecommunication systems for the Business Aviation, General Aviation, Government and Air Transport markets. More than 1,500 aircraft are equipped with Aircell products, which provide voice, fax, e-mail, data, and Internet connectivity services, including NEXRAD weather radar imagery to the cockpit. The company’s products operate on the global Iridium Satellite System, as well as on Aircell’s exclusive nationwide cellular network – the only airborne cellular network ever authorized by the FCC.
Aircell is currently leveraging its existing proprietary technology to develop a number of next-generation products, including a system that will allow passengers to seamlessly operate their personal cellular telephones and other wireless devices aboard commercial airline flights. The privately-held company is headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, USA.