SmartSky Adds Thornton To Sales, Install Network

 - April 21, 2022, 11:43 AM
Thornton Aviation is the newest install and sales partner for SmartSky Networks. (Photo: SmartSky Networks)

SmartSky Networks has signed an agreement naming California-based Thornton Aviation a sales and installation provider for shipsets supporting its air-to-ground connectivity service. Covering both Thornton’s locations in Van Nuys and Burbank, California, the agreement continues SmartSky’s efforts to build out its sales and support network as it rolls out its 5G in-flight connectivity with full continental U.S. coverage by mid-year. SmartSky’s antennas and aircraft base radios are available for installation now.

Thornton brings more than three decades of service experience to its network, SmartSky noted. “Thornton Aviation services and manages a wide range of business aircraft,” said Aria Bahawdory, director of MRO account management for SmartSky Networks. “Its long-standing expertise and broad aircraft knowledge, coupled with available STCs for many of the aircraft it services, will provide customers with an in-flight connectivity solution that meets the needs of cabin, crew, and operators alike.”

In addition to Thornton, SmartSky has announced sales and installation agreements this year with Jet East, Western Jet Aviation, and Global Aviation Technologies. They are among 16 certification and services partners that are in the SmartSky network. SmartSky also has value-added reseller and cabin equipment and avionics partnerships, and is further offering a Skytelligence digital platform.