Broomfield, CO – November 10, 2008 – Aircell®, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications, today announced that aviation industry veteran John Wade has joined the company as Senior Vice President and General Manager - Business Aviation Services.
Mr. Wade will be responsible for overseeing the success and direction of Aircell’s rapidly growing Business Aviation Services division in Broomfield, Colo. As part of Aircell’s senior leadership team, he will also assist CEO Jack Blumenstein in developing and meeting the Business Aviation group’s business plans, as well as interacting with the company’s Commercial Aviation division.
“John’s deep knowledge of inflight communications and the competitive landscape, coupled with his industry history and status make him ideally suited to lead our Business Aviation Services division,” said Jack Blumenstein, Aircell CEO. “With John as part of our leadership team, we are now even better equipped to build on the company’s industry leading position, driving the identification, creation, sale and support of innovative, high quality products and services.”
Mr. Wade brings more than 20 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 was responsible for the company’s overall Internet business, including sales, strategy, customer relationship management and product development. He has also held a number of increasingly senior executive positions at Tenzing Communications, PRIMEX Aerospace Company and GEC Marconi In-Flight Systems, among others.
“Aircell is the gold standard in airborne communications and I look forward to being part of that success,” said John Wade, senior vice president and general manager - business aviation services. “With two new broadband systems coming to the business aviation market and all the other opportunities that lie ahead, 2009 will be another incredible year for Aircell on an increasingly global stage.”
Mr. Wade received his education at the University of Brighton, U.K., where he earned a First Class B Engineering Honors Degree in Electronic Engineering and graduated at the top of his class. He is also the co-author of two patents.
Aircell® is the world’s leading provider of airborne communications and a single-source, turnkey provider of equipment, service, and technical support. 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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