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http://www.flightoptions.com/press-release/flight-options-to-equip-with-aircell-high-speed-internet.html

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Flight Options Becomes First to Bring High Speed Internet Connectivity to Fractional Market and Light Jet Category;
Retrofit Includes Entire Embraer Phenom 300 Fleet and Other Aircraft

ORLANDO, FL [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – October 20, 2009 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications, announces that Flight Options, a leader in the private aviation industry, will install the Aircell® High Speed Internet system aboard the majority of its fleet. The program includes all Flight Options Embraer Phenom 300’s as well as other aircraft. Installations will begin in late 2009 and be complete in 2011. The Aircell High Speed Internet system will allow Flight Options passengers and flight crews to use their personal Wi-Fi® devices to access the entire Internet in flight, just as they would in an office, hotel or coffee shop on the ground.

Providing personalized service to over 1,400 Owners and Members, Flight Options offers a complete spectrum of programs from fractional ownership to leasing, aircraft management, and JetPASS Select 25-hour card membership. The company currently owns and operates more than 110 aircraft, including the Hawker 400XP, Hawker 800XP, Citation X and Embraer Legacy 600. In late 2009, the all-new Embraer Phenom 300 will join the Flight Options fleet. James Miller, Executive Vice President, Flight Options, said, “For our Owners, the desire for seamless, full-speed connectivity in the air is irrefutable. The Aircell High Speed Internet system is absolutely in a class by itself. It’s everything we need it to be – lightweight and affordable with connection speeds as fast as people are accustomed to on the ground. We’re proud to be the first fractional provider in the world to offer such a sought-after inflight service to its Owners.”

John Wade, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aircell, commented, “Having Aircell High Speed Internet selected by a world leader in the fractional industry is another major milestone for the system. It’s also significant that prior to Aircell’s introduction of its exclusive air-to-ground technology, full-scale connectivity was simply out of reach for all but the very largest business jets. Now, it’s viable for not only large and midsize aircraft, but light jets like the Phenom 300 as well.”

Each aircraft in the program will receive an Aircell Axxess® cabin communications system with the ATG 4000 High Speed Internet unit. In addition to High Speed Internet service, this comprehensive communications suite includes multiple channels of worldwide voice service and narrowband data capabilities.

These new installations will join other Aircell communications systems that have flown throughout the Flight Options fleet for many years. This latest retrofit program will extend a longtime relationship between the two companies.

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, while being small and light enough to fit on virtually any business aircraft. It is up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection.

Aircell High Speed Internet allows passengers and crews to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, PCs, smartphones and PDAs, to surf the Web, send and receive email with attachments, access their corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and much more – all at full mobile broadband speeds in flight. The Aircell High Speed Internet system is powered by the Aircell® Network, which utilizes 3G mobile wireless technology, operating in the continental U.S. over an advanced network of ground stations and Aircell’s exclusive broadband air-to-ground spectrum.

Aircell is displaying its complete family of airborne communications products this week at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting & convention in Orlando, FL (booth 5194).

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 www.aircell.com.
 

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Wow, how much is that gonna cost?!? I don't think FLOPS is the only operator that has looked into doing this, but the first to announce it. Seems like the wrong time to drop all that money with a labor dispute on your hands and everything...
 

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If I was a pilot at options..I would walk off the job hearing that..knowing they are the lowest paid and laughing stock of the industry..How embarrassing it must be..Do you Flops guys lie and say you work for Net Jets when strangers ask what you do?
 

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Did you see the cost of the basic cheapest internet service is $895 per jet per mth.

So according to the article thats $98450 per month, let alone the cost of the install...
 

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If I was a pilot at options..I would walk off the job hearing that..knowing they are the lowest paid and laughing stock of the industry..How embarrassing it must be..Do you Flops guys lie and say you work for Net Jets when strangers ask what you do?

classy.
 

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http://www.flightoptions.com/press-...o-equip-with-aircell-high-speed-internet.html

________________

Flight Options Becomes First to Bring High Speed Internet Connectivity to Fractional Market and Light Jet Category;
Retrofit Includes Entire Embraer Phenom 300 Fleet and Other Aircraft

ORLANDO, FL [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – October 20, 2009 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications, announces that Flight Options, a leader in the private aviation industry, will install the Aircell® High Speed Internet system aboard the majority of its fleet. The program includes all Flight Options Embraer Phenom 300’s as well as other aircraft. Installations will begin in late 2009 and be complete in 2011. The Aircell High Speed Internet system will allow Flight Options passengers and flight crews to use their personal Wi-Fi® devices to access the entire Internet in flight, just as they would in an office, hotel or coffee shop on the ground.

Providing personalized service to over 1,400 Owners and Members, Flight Options offers a complete spectrum of programs from fractional ownership to leasing, aircraft management, and JetPASS Select 25-hour card membership. The company currently owns and operates more than 110 aircraft, including the Hawker 400XP, Hawker 800XP, Citation X and Embraer Legacy 600. In late 2009, the all-new Embraer Phenom 300 will join the Flight Options fleet. James Miller, Executive Vice President, Flight Options, said, “For our Owners, the desire for seamless, full-speed connectivity in the air is irrefutable. The Aircell High Speed Internet system is absolutely in a class by itself. It’s everything we need it to be – lightweight and affordable with connection speeds as fast as people are accustomed to on the ground. We’re proud to be the first fractional provider in the world to offer such a sought-after inflight service to its Owners.”

John Wade, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aircell, commented, “Having Aircell High Speed Internet selected by a world leader in the fractional industry is another major milestone for the system. It’s also significant that prior to Aircell’s introduction of its exclusive air-to-ground technology, full-scale connectivity was simply out of reach for all but the very largest business jets. Now, it’s viable for not only large and midsize aircraft, but light jets like the Phenom 300 as well.”

Each aircraft in the program will receive an Aircell Axxess® cabin communications system with the ATG 4000 High Speed Internet unit. In addition to High Speed Internet service, this comprehensive communications suite includes multiple channels of worldwide voice service and narrowband data capabilities.

These new installations will join other Aircell communications systems that have flown throughout the Flight Options fleet for many years. This latest retrofit program will extend a longtime relationship between the two companies.

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, while being small and light enough to fit on virtually any business aircraft. It is up to 56 times faster than a traditional dial-up connection.

Aircell High Speed Internet allows passengers and crews to use their own Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as laptops, PCs, smartphones and PDAs, to surf the Web, send and receive email with attachments, access their corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and much more – all at full mobile broadband speeds in flight. The Aircell High Speed Internet system is powered by the Aircell® Network, which utilizes 3G mobile wireless technology, operating in the continental U.S. over an advanced network of ground stations and Aircell’s exclusive broadband air-to-ground spectrum.

Aircell is displaying its complete family of airborne communications products this week at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting & convention in Orlando, FL (booth 5194).

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 www.aircell.com.

Bravo. At least one fractional is quick enough to realize that if you can get wifi on an AirTran flight and not your GV, there is a problem.

Hopefully, the rest of the industry will follow suit or fade into technological oblivion.
 

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Should business just stop until the Options labor woes end? An optimist would say it means Options plans to be here and compete for the long haul. I am not union bashing and hope Options pilots get a fair deal. I am part 91 and it helps the whole industry if they do better, without bankrupting the company attaining a better package. They want to get a deal like NetJets pilots and I don't blame them. Then again NJ will have layed off up to 1000 employees by Christmas do to high costs and shrinking business. I don't know about the details of either's contracts but I can not help but think Options will die during strike or be but a small shell of what they are today, wifi or not. Again, not an anti union rant.
 

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Should business just stop until the Options labor woes end?
An optimist would say it means Options plans to be here and compete for the long haul. I am not union bashing and hope Options pilots get a fair deal. I am part 91 and it helps the whole industry if they do better, without bankrupting the company attaining a better package. They want to get a deal like NetJets pilots and I don't blame them. Then again NJ will have layed off up to 1000 employees by Christmas do to high costs and shrinking business. I don't know about the details of either's contracts but I can not help but think Options will die during strike or be but a small shell of what they are today, wifi or not. Again, not an anti union rant.


Well................................................This is a thread about Options!
 

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Please disregard that post above.."He obviously knows not what he says"..


Options ALREADY is a small shell of what it was.. When I left there were over 900 pilots now my former FO who was around 350 on the list has been on the street for almost a year. This was not due to the economy but due to the ineptitude of revolving door management morons from Raytheon looking for a temporary resume builder while they move up the corporate ladder.

I cant recall all the times that we would trip over hundred dollar bills to pick up pennies. I remember needing an exaporator sock for the APU and the mx dept was NOT AUTHORIZED to allow service center repairs due to high cost. It was a $200 part with 1hr labor and we were already on their ramp.

Instead they had the part sent Counter to Counter at a cost of $600 and had us repo to Denver from Sat and then repo the next day back to Sat to cover the trip. $300 repair turned into a 10,000 repair..

It was then I knew I had to leave.

The Options Pilots have bleeding knuckles an the skin is gone. There is nothing left to give. The company CAN afford to pay them an average wage with average benefits. It is just a shame what Options has become.

I was reading the article and it had the following line:

Having Aircell High Speed Internet selected by a world leader in the fractional industry is another major milestone for the system

I didnt know whether to laugh or cry..

Good luck guys
 

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God forbid they try and dig up more business with offering this service. If the company can grow it will only bring good things to your labor dispute. Do you honestly think NJA would have gotten their contract if the business wasn't there?

Stop thinking everything is a negative!
 

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Should business just stop until the Options labor woes end? An optimist would say it means Options plans to be here and compete for the long haul. I am not union bashing and hope Options pilots get a fair deal. I am part 91 and it helps the whole industry if they do better, without bankrupting the company attaining a better package. They want to get a deal like NetJets pilots and I don't blame them. Then again NJ will have layed off up to 1000 employees by Christmas do to high costs and shrinking business. I don't know about the details of either's contracts but I can not help but think Options will die during strike or be but a small shell of what they are today, wifi or not. Again, not an anti union rant.

You ready to put your money where your mouth is. I will put 500 bucks up that 1000 NJA employees will not be on the street by Christmas.

Or are you just talking out your azz?
 

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Yes I would be talking out my azz. I am part 91 , but with a friend layed off there and several friends crapping bricks because other NJ pilots have been floating the 800 to 1000 or higher number. I can only wish you the best and I am glad your company is not struggling financially and all is well at NJ.
 

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You ready to put your money where your mouth is. I will put 500 bucks up that 1000 NJA employees will not be on the street by Christmas.

Or are you just talking out your azz?


Some of you NJA guys are just really amusing.. I dont know how you head fits through the door..

The reality is that you are sitting on a surplus of what 130 jets?

How is your revenue doing?

Who recently got fired that invented the concept and was torched by the board for spending millions to keep pilots on board when furloughs were needed?

I could care less about a pissing contest just realize that the biggest can fall the hardest. Do you think Buffet will carry this company at the cost of billions if the economy does not improve considerably?

And no i dont want to bet $1000 I would love to be proven wrong and see everyone doing great it just strikes a nerve when i have over a dozen friends furloughed, losing homes, living with parents, working at a truck wash, detailing planes, etc... to survive and the ignorance of arrogance comes from a NJA pilot that thinks the world is a little protective bubble that surrounds them.
 

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OK, enough about you NetJets guys...

I've had some deep thoughts about my employer at Options.

In a time long ago, in a galaxy far far away, there used to be this thing called reasonableness. People made fun of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. In my work environment we have leadership that writes a vanity book about all that he has learned that has sold zero copies. They refer to the company as family, so I suppose this would make them the Pappa, then they get removed that position and go away for five years. They reward the lemmings, no matter how low in talent, to extra income and position. They desire a special class of super-lemmings called SFO's, similar in responsibilities to say the Red Guard, or the SS.

Most of these weird personality quirks would be best worked out with a professional counselor. United Healthcare probably has a list of licensed providers in eastern Cleveland. "Stuart, you're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you."

Aircraft charter and management has been around for eighty years. We have not invented anything. We are not unique and special. That line of baloney is for kids that lose soccer games. We in fact have slid backwards faster than any of the fractionals. Certainly four different managements hasn't helped.

Let's get over all this psycho-babble about our specialness and concentrate on providing the best version of the service we have contractually obligated ourselves to our client base.
 

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God forbid they try and dig up more business with offering this service. If the company can grow it will only bring good things to your labor dispute. Do you honestly think NJA would have gotten their contract if the business wasn't there?

Stop thinking everything is a negative!


The high speed internet is definitely a good thing! I'm sure most of the pilots at FLOPs are all for improving what the company is offering. The real rub here is that Management has been painting planes, changing uniforms, installing high speed, etc. all in the name of 'improving the customer experience.'

Why the hell do they keep thumbing their noses at the pilot group? The most important factor in improving the customer experience! As I understand it, negotiations were going well this week - until yesterday when the company put on the brakes- AGAIN! What the heck is going on??!! If FLOPs management really wants to move this company forward and capitalize on the economic recovery, they will work to get a TA next week.

If FLOPs management wants to play chicken with the pilot group, they WILL lose and sadly everyone in the company will lose.
 

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2 Excellent Posts.. Even though I have not worn the Flops uniform for over 4 years now I will celebrate when you guys get a reasonable TA and this company turns itself around.

I remember when we were the underdogs in 98-02 seemingly doing great and making a decent salary. We were a pround and committed group that would do anything to get the job done..

I think it was 03 that they took away my $400 per month tax free travel bonus and 04 when they stopped my $1200 per month SFO pay.. That was the beginning of end for me.
 
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