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May 12, 2009

AirTran partners with Aircell to offer internet service on entire fleet

136 jets to be fully outfitted with the Gogo Inflight Internet service by mid-summer 2009

By CBR Staff Writer

AirTran Airways is partnering with Aircell, a provider of airborne communications for business and commercial aviation, to offer passengers full inflight internet service across its entire fleet of Boeing 737 and 717 aircraft.

According to the airline, all its 136 jets will be fully outfitted with the Gogo Inflight Internet service by mid-summer 2009.

Passengers will have full internet access including web, e-mail, instant messaging and access to corporate e-mail and network systems through their Wi-Fi enabled laptops, smartphones and personal digital assistants.

Bob Fornaro, chairman, president and CEO of AirTran Airways, said: Installing Wi-Fi on every one of our aircraft is another great example of what sets AirTran Airways apart from our competitors. We feel that Wi-Fi on every flight gives us a distinct competitive advantage over other airlines.

Jack Blumenstein, president and CEO of Aircell, said: AirTran is known for catering to the needs of its passengers with style. Both its choice and rapid deployment of Gogo Inflight Internet service are testaments to AirTran’s long-standing commitment to offer the best inflight experience possible.

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