Aircell Announces Expansion in Middle East Region
Citing an Expanding Global Customer Base, Company Appoints Shoukry Shokralla Middle East Sales & Service Representative
Nov 13, 2009
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Airshow 2009 -- Aircell, the world's leading provider of airborne communications, announces that it has expanded its worldwide presence by appointing Shoukry Shokralla as its sales & service representative in Abu Dhabi.

In his new role, Shokralla is responsible for supporting existing Aircell operators in the region and assisting prospective customers with their airborne communications needs. He will also provide Tier 1 support services, supplementing Aircell's existing infrastructure in Europe and elsewhere in the world. He reports to Andrew Geist, Senior Vice President - Business Aviation Solutions.

Shokralla has over 28 years of experience in avionics and communications services and has extensive knowledge in marketing and technical disciplines. Fluent in Arabic, French and English, he is an experienced, FAA-certified pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from California State University, Northridge, in the United States.

John Wade, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aircell, commented, "Even with the challenges of the current economic climate, business aviation continues to experience growth in the Middle East. Aircell is a global company and it's important for us to provide comprehensive support and local representation in such a key region. We're delighted to have Shoukry join the Aircell team. His decades of avionics and communications experience and market knowledge will be invaluable as Aircell expands its activities in the region."

Aircell offers a complete line of airborne communications systems and services. For global connectivity using laptops and smartphones, Aircell's new SwiftBroadband solution is particularly suited to business aircraft operators in the Middle East. It allows passengers to seamlessly use their personal devices for e-mail and light Internet services in flight. They can also use the system's integrated cabin handsets to make and receive voice calls. Aircell's SwiftBroadband solution is powered by Thrane & Thrane.

Aircraft operators and dealers may reach Shoukry Shokralla directly at +971.50.318.0320 or


  --  A high-res photograph of Shoukry Shokralla accompanies this
      announcement and is available for download here:

  About Aircell

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

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