LAS VEGAS, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NBAA2013 -- Aircell (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading provider of in-flight connectivity equipment and services to the business aviation market, announces Gogo Cloud, the company's new nationwide wireless content delivery network.
The first service of its kind in the business aviation market, Gogo Cloud allows customers of Aircell's new in-flight entertainment (IFE) service, Gogo Vision, to automatically receive the latest updates whenever they visit a Gogo Cloud location.
When an aircraft arrives at a Gogo Cloud location, Aircell's UCS 5000 system automatically connects to the Gogo Cloud Wi-Fi signal and does a complete content update – all without any intervention from the flight crew. The transfer takes place at ultra-high speed – typically less than 60 seconds to load a 30-minute TV episode, and about three minutes for a feature-length movie. Aircell's UCS 5000 system is business aviation's first all-in-one smart router/media server.
John Wade, Aircell's Executive Vice President and General Manager, said, "Part of what's kept business aviation's in-flight entertainment experience in the dark ages is the challenge of quickly and affordably delivering such large data files to aircraft. With Gogo Cloud, we wanted to make updating easy – and it's hard to get easier than 'automatic'," concluded Wade.
Beginning in January 2014, Gogo Cloud will be available at select Signature Flight Support facilities, and equipment packages will be available to individual flight departments that want to bring Gogo Cloud capabilities to their own hangars.
Signature Flight Support Named Launch FBO Partner
Signature Flight Support has been selected as the exclusive FBO launch partner for Gogo Cloud. Initial facilities are already equipped with the service at IAD, MCO and LAS and approximately 15 key business and resort Signature locations are expected to be live by the end of 2014.
Maria Sastre, President and Chief Operating Officer, Signature Flight Support, said, "Gogo Cloud will be a great addition to Signature Flight Support's world-class customer experience. Business aircraft can get their in-flight entertainment updates and all their flight support services met in a single stop. We're well underway with Gogo Cloud deployment – three facilities are already up and running, including our FBO at McCarran International right here in Las Vegas. We look forward to additional facilities being added to the system in 2014 starting with key business and resort locations" concluded Sastre.
Aircell's Wade commented, "We're thrilled to have Signature Flight Support as the launch FBO partner for Gogo Cloud. Their facilities are located at many of the busiest business aviation airports, giving customers easy access to Gogo Cloud when they're away from home base," he concluded.
Gogo Cloud Available for Individual Flight Department Facilities
Flight departments can get the convenience of IFE updates at their own facilities by purchasing a simple equipment package that turns their hangar into a Gogo Cloud location. This provides continuous, fully-automatic updates any time their aircraft are at home.
This week, Aircell is displaying its complete range of in-flight connectivity and entertainment solutions at NBAA2013 in Las Vegas, booth C11243.
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 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.
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