Aircell Wins Innovation Award for Inflight Internet Services

Photo by: Larry Nelson

Executives present the CTP’s 2011 Ascent Award to Aircell. From left to right: Curt Hockemeier, President of Open Range Communications, 2010 Ascent Award Winner; Joshua Holmberg, President of CTP; John Wade, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Aircell.
Photo: Larry Nelson

BROOMFIELD, CO – April 21, 2011 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity, has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Communication Technology Professionals’ (CTP) annual Ascent Award. Recognizing Aircell’s work with its Gogo® and Gogo Biz™ inflight Internet services, the award is based on innovation, growth and the impact being made in the telecommunications sector.

“Being chosen as winner of the Ascent Award is a great honor for Aircell and we’re very grateful to CTP and all involved,” said John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President & General Manager, Business Aviation Services. “Aircell’s inflight Internet services have literally transformed the travel experience for millions of passengers in the business aviation and airline markets. We’re proud to be making such a positive impact in Colorado and all over the world,” he concluded.

Joshua Holmberg, President of CTP, said, “Aircell was chosen by CTP for several reasons, but in a nutshell, they embodied the spirit of what we want this award to be about. Their core business model is based on embracing new technologies and making them accessible via a very unique channel. Since CTP represents thousands of communications professionals in Colorado, I am particularly grateful for the impact Aircell will continue to have on our local industry. This is a well-deserved award for Aircell.”

CTP’s Ascent Award is bestowed annually on the firm that best represents the Colorado spirit of innovation, growth and drive in telecommunications and is poised to make a near-term impact on the industry. Ascent nominees were selected based on assorted criteria and offered for voting from CTP associates. The company must have exhibited exceptional inspiration or insight in at least two of these areas: (a) new technology, (b) changing business models, (c) new products and/or (d) new customers or marketplace; The company must have made or will in the immediate future make a meaningful impact on the communications industry; The company must have a significant presence in Colorado; The company should embody the spirit of the Ascent Award showing energy, focus, growth, drive and innovation furthering communications technology.

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  • Photo caption: “Executives prepare to present the CTP’s 2011 Ascent Award to Aircell. Shown are Curt Hockemeier, President of Open Range Communications, the 2010 Ascent Award Winner (left); Joshua Holmberg, President of CTP (center); and John Wade, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Aircell (right).”

About Aircell

Aircell is the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity 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 .

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