BROOMFIELD, CO – April 22, 2010 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications, today announced the promotion of John Wade to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Business Aviation Services.
As a member of Aircell’s executive staff, Mr. Wade is responsible for overseeing the success and direction of the company’s rapidly growing Business Aviation Services division in Broomfield, CO. He reports to Michael Small, Aircell’s President and CEO.
Since Mr. Wade joined Aircell in November 2008, the company has launched two significant new inflight connectivity products in the business aviation market. The Aircell High Speed Internet system provides full-speed Internet service via the Aircell Network in the continental U.S., and Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution provides global voice and data connectivity for light Internet service via the Inmarsat I-4 satellites.
“Aircell is a longstanding provider of airborne communications equipment, service and support to the business aviation market,” said Aircell CEO Michael Small. “Our momentum in business aviation is higher than it’s ever been. We began shipping the Aircell High Speed Internet system in the middle of last year and have already delivered more than 200 systems, with a backlog extending well beyond that. Systems are performing beyond expectation and the feedback we’ve had from the market has been extremely positive. Business aviation is a key part of Aircell’s future and we’re pleased to recognize that by having John assume the executive vice president role,” he concluded.
Mr. Wade has more than 22 years of experience in avionics and inflight communications. Prior to joining Aircell, he served as Chief Technical Officer and General Manager at inflight mobile phone and Internet provider OnAir. He has also held senior executive positions at Tenzing Communications, PRIMEX Aerospace Company and GEC Marconi In-Flight Systems, among others. He is the co-author of two patents.
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Aircell is the world’s leading provider of airborne communications and a single-source, turnkey provider of equipment, service, and technical support. With a global sales and support presence, its products are offered by virtually every fixed- and rotor-wing airframe manufacturer in business aviation, and are installed aboard the world’s four largest fractional ownership fleets. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006, Aircell has built a revolutionary new mobile broadband network for commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell® Network and its inflight portal, known as Gogo®, revolutionized the commercial airline passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience at 35,000 feet. 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 .
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