Building on its announcement last month at NBAA, SmartSky took advantage of the APEX EXPO event in Long Beach, CA this week to formally launch business operations for commercial regional airlines across the Continental United States (CONUS). The company’s high speed air-to-ground network provides a new alternative for airline looking to bring high performing in-flight connectivity to the smaller aircraft in their fleet.
We are ready to introduce our superior connectivity solution to regional airlines and provide best-in-class inflight connectivity for passengers. The need for consistent, secure access to data and applications is constant, especially for regional passengers who are often traveling during the busy work week.– David Helfgott, CEO of SmartSky Networks
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SmartSky continues to deploy its ATG network – now covering over 65% of CONUS flight hours. The company anticipates coverage activated for roughly 80% of CONUS flight routes by the end of 2021, on its way to FULL CONUS coverage in the first half of 2022.
The company holds supplemental type certificates (STCs) covering more than 4,000 aircraft, including for the ERJ 135/145s commonly used by US regional airlines.
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