Aircell’s new Gogo Text & Talk service will allow Clay Lacy charter passengers to call and text in flight, using their own smartphones and mobile numbers
LAS VEGAS, NV [NBAA2013] – October 21, 2013 – Aircell (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, announces that Clay Lacy Aviation, which operates one of the largest charter and management fleets in the business aviation industry, will deploy Gogo Text & Talk service aboard its charter fleet.
Gogo Text & Talk is an exclusive new service from Aircell that allows passengers to use their own smartphones for calling and texting in flight – with their own mobile number. The service is easy to use because it mimics the native features and operation of the passenger’s smartphone. Passengers can use their own contact lists and hands-free devices. Features like Caller ID and call histories are supported. Calling someone in flight is as simple as dialing their number.
“We pride ourselves in being the first to deliver the latest technology and most requested onboard services to our clients,” said Brian Kirkdoffer, President of Clay Lacy Aviation. “In today’s business environment, this leap forward by Aircell offers passengers improved productivity and convenience. It’s also another example of Clay Lacy Aviation’s commitment to providing each customer superior safety, service and value,” concluded Kirkdoffer.
John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, “Always a forward-thinking organization, Clay Lacy Aviation was an early adopter in bringing Gogo Biz in-flight Internet to their charter customers, and we’re pleased to extend our long-standing relationship as they do the same with Gogo Text & Talk.” he concluded.
Gogo Text & Talk is a game-changing service because it operates over Wi-Fi technology (not cellular) and uses the passenger’s own mobile number (not an auto-attendant, two-step dialing or call-forwarding protocol). Because the service is 100% software-based, it can be added to any standard Gogo Biz equipment package without additional hardware, weight or installation downtime. This makes Gogo Text & Talk practical for aircraft as small as light jets and turboprops – while being hundreds of thousands of dollars less expensive than traditional, picocell-based solutions, which offer similar capabilities.
This week, Aircell is displaying its complete range of in-flight connectivity and entertainment solutions at NBAA2013 in Las Vegas, booth C11243.
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About Clay Lacy Aviation
Founded in 1968 by world-renowned pilot Clay Lacy, Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA) operates one of the largest fleets of charter and managed aircraft in the world. The company’s fixed based operations in Los Angeles and Seattle set the industry standard for corporate aviation facilities and amenities. CLA offers a complete range of aircraft charter, management, sales, maintenance, avionics and interior completion services, and is an authorized service center for the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300. Home to an award-winning Class IV maintenance repair station, CLA’s factory-trained technicians provide 24-hour on-site and mobile maintenance support.
CLA has received numerous industry awards: “Best of the Best” Jet Charter Service and Aviation Management Company – Robb Report; Diamond Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training/Proficiency – Federal Aviation Administration; Best Pilot Training Program and Platinum Rating – Aviation Research Group/U.S.; IS-BAO Stage 2 Certification – International Business Aviation Council; and Wingman Rating –The Wyvern Standard. For more information on CLA’s complete line of business aviation services and 15 authorized dealerships, visit www.claylacy.com.
Aircell, a Gogo company, is a leading provider of in-flight connectivity and entertainment to the business aviation market. Through a full range of services including voice, high-speed Internet, cockpit data, in-flight entertainment and more, Aircell increases the productivity, safety, and enjoyment of the business aviation travel experience. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA, Aircell is an AS9100-certified company serving a global customer base with an authorized dealer/distributor network that spans six continents. A trusted brand in airborne communications, Aircell is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer and installed on the world’s largest fractional ownership fleets. The only company to offer equipment and service for three of the industry’s most popular network technologies – Iridium Satellite, Inmarsat SwiftBroadband and Gogo Biz®, Aircell provides advice and solutions addressing any customer need, aircraft type, or geography.
A Collier Trophy nominee and the recipient of several dozen awards for innovation, Aircell is widely credited with many of the industry’s most influential historical achievements, beginning with the groundbreaking airborne cellular concept that launched the company in 1991. Connect with us at www.aircell.com and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aircellbizav.