Travel Management Picks Gogo Biz for Charter Fleet

 - December 2, 2011, 3:45 PM
GoGo Biz from Aircell gives passengers high-speed Internet at altitudes above 10,000 feet from virtually any Wi-Fi-enabled device. The system supports “several” voice calls and Internet sessions at the same time.

Business aviation in-flight connectivity specialist Aircell of Bloomfield, Colo., has announced that charter operator Travel Management Company (TMC) is installing its GoGo Biz high-speed Internet service on all the midsize aircraft in the TMC fleet.

The deal incudes firm orders for 21 systems, plus options that would bring the total to as many as 30. Installations of the initial 21 systems have already begun and the process is scheduled to be completed next spring.

GoGo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to enjoy high-speed Internet capabilities above 10,000 feet throughout the continental U.S., including portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, tablets, electronic flight bags, smartphones and other mobile devices. Using its air/ground network, the service will support “several” simultaneous voice calls and Internet sessions at the same time.

TMC of Elkhart, Ind., solely owns and operates 50 light and midsize business jets, including the largest privately owned fleet of Hawker 400XPs.

According to TMC general manager Scott Wise, “We own every one of the aircraft we operate, and that gives us complete control over the fleet, including what amenities are offered.” And he noted, “Connectivity has become like oxygen to our customers, and Gogo Biz will dramatically change the in-flight passenger experience.”