Airborne communications company Aircell has clinched approval for its SwiftBroadband system and has shipped the first system to Germany's 328 Support Services for installation in an executive-configured Dornier 328Jet operated by Venezuelan charter company Aviando Services. SwiftBroadband allows passengers to seamlessly use their personal laptops and smartphones for email and light internet services in flight. The satellite-based system - which is powered by Thrane and Thrane - was recently selected by fractional ownership start-up Jet Republic for its fleet of 110 Bombardier Learjet 60XR business jets.
The ASA Group has signed an agreement with TGR Group Asia to provide aviation and VIP security services to TGR Group Asia at the luxury Thai resort of Jumeirah Private Island Phuket. ASA will provide private charter flights, VIP travel and security services for visitors to the resort, which is to open in 2011.