2016-03-15

Bombardier and SmartSky Team Up to Offer Hardware Sales and Installation for SmartSky 4G Network

  • The SmartSky 4G network delivers full-throttle, unrestricted access to the Web
  • Bombardier to offer SmartSky 4G service on Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft

Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to announce that its Service Centre Network team will provide hardware sales and installations for SmartSky 4G, a new network taking flight later this year. SmartSky’s patented 4G beamforming technology delivers a signal that locks onto an aircraft, and by using 60 MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground (ATG) platform, provides full-throttle, unrestricted access to the web. Passengers can do it all: stream, chat, text, call, game and videoconference.

Bombardier will offer SmartSky 4G on in-service Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft over the continental U.S., and it will complement Bombardier WAVE, which enables Internet connectivity on Global aircraft with seamless coverage across the globe through a dedicated satellite network.

“This is the airborne network experience our customers have been waiting for,” says Chris Milligan, Vice President, Services Sales and Authorized Service Facilities, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “As part of Bombardier Business Aircraft’s commitment to offer our customers one-stop-shopping, we’re excited to provide this level of connectivity, supporting all inflight communication and entertainment needs.”

“We take great pride in welcoming Bombardier, a proven industry leader, to our team and to the in-flight connectivity revolution our 4G network represents,” says SmartSky Networks President, Ryan Stone. “SmartSky 4G is the only inflight network capable of offering services in which bi-directional high bandwidth and low latency are essential. That includes two-way streaming video or support of new advanced applications optimized to take advantage of ultrafast connectivity.”

Satcom Direct serves as SmartSky’s exclusive customer service and support provider. SmartSky’s introductory, time-sensitive Early Bird program provides a further incentive for people to get on board early. Customers interested in the Early Bird program can learn more at smartskynetworks.com/bombardierearlybird/.

Bombardier Business Aircraft’s maintenance network is comprised of seven wholly-owned Service Centres including Dallas, Hartford, Fort Lauderdale, Tucson and Wichita in the United States, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Singapore, as well as a line maintenance station in Nice, France and a total of 15 Customer Response Team mobile units worldwide.

About SmartSky Networks
SmartSky Networks, formed in 2011, is comprised of seasoned aviation and telecommunications executives seeking to transform aviation using disruptive communications technologies. In conjunction with leading aerospace and technology partners, SmartSky plans to roll out its innovative, beamforming based air-to-ground network, SmartSky 4G, later this year with full U.S. coverage slated for 2017. www.smartskynetworks.com.
Christine Hall, SmartSky Networks, media@smartskynetworks.com, + 1 800-660-9982, ext 718

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About Bombardier

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