Aircell Gets $35 Million in Funding for Gogo Inflight Expansion

Aircell Gets $35 Million in Funding for Gogo Inflight Expansion

Aircell today announced it has secured $35 million in private equity funding, proceeds of which will be used to expand the company's Gogo Inflight service for both commercial and business flights. As it stands, Gogo already serves nine of the top 11 U.S. airlines and offers inflight Internet on 6,000 business aircraft, Aircell says.

"2010 was the year inflight Internet went mainstream and Aircell established its leadership in this exciting new mobile Internet venue," said Michael Small, Aircell President and CEO. "Since securing our exclusive spectrum license in 2006, we've raised more than $500 million."


Aircell has ambitious plans for 2011. The company said it wants to increase its install base by an average of three airlines per day, which it can afford to do now that Aircell has grown its business to the point where airlines pay to activate each plane. Back in Gogo's infancy, it was Aircell that had to front the cost, BusinessInsider reports.

Aircell's airline partners include AirTran Airways, Virgin America, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.
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Cool...

though its ironic people used to say, "turn of your devices when in a place" and here we are,... a company making millions enabling people to use those very devices.

Its a little scary... isnt it possible that someone can take advantage of that? for example track using a gps and send data back and forth? i dont want to scare anyone here, but its a little odd.

Anyone ever used a GPS in an airplane before?? i'm curious as to whether it can pick up on how fast you go. your speed and such. That would be very interesting!

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