Aircell, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications,
today announced that it will soon add a usage-based billing option to
its suite of service packages available with its Aircell High Speed
Internet products for business, military and government aviation.
The new service package will allow Aircell High Speed Internet
customers the option of paying based on the monthly volume of data they
consume over the network. The new plan contrasts with Aircell’s current
monthly service plans – Ultraspeed Standard and Ultraspeed Lite – which
provide unlimited access for a flat monthly fee. The new plan will
become available this summer and specific pricing and details will be
released prior to that time.
Aircell Senior Vice President and General Manager John Wade
said, "Customers with low or sporadic utilization patterns will find
great value in getting full access to the Aircell Network in a
pay-as-you-go format. Adding a ‘per megabyte’ option to our existing
unlimited plans is like adding an a la carte menu to an all-you-can-eat
"Our original, unlimited data plans have proven to be very
popular," he continued. "People rave about having a predictable flat fee
with no restrictions on the number of users, number of logins, session
time or amount of data transferred. They say it’s great to just log on
and go. Based on the usage patterns we’ve seen in business aviation,
most typical flight departments will still find our Ultraspeed Standard
plan the best value.
"It’s all about giving customers what they want, keeping
things familiar and evolving our services to meet their needs. By
offering both unlimited and usage-based billing formats with Aircell
High Speed Internet, we provide an even greater level of choice for
operators with varying needs," concluded Wade.
Aircell High Speed Internet is the only solution in business
aviation that provides a true high speed Internet experience that equals
what passengers are accustomed to on the ground, with equipment that is
small and light enough to fit on virtually any business aircraft. It is
up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection.
In addition to the Aircell High Speed Internet system for the
continental U.S., Aircell is offering its satellite-based SwiftBroadband
solution for global service. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband product is
powered by Thrane & Thrane.