SmartSky adds Talon Air to dealer network


Air-to-ground inflight connectivity provider SmartSky Networks has announced Talon Air as a new sales and installation partner.

Talon Air, which is based in Farmingdale, New York, specialises in private aircraft charter, aircraft sales, maintenance and management. As a SmartSky dealer, Talon Air can now install both existing and new customer aircraft with SmartSky. It has already begun its first projects, which include a Gulfstream V installation and a Hawker 4000 STC project.

“We aim to provide our customers with a world-class travel experience,” said James Chitty, CEO of Talon Air. “Fast and reliable inflight connectivity is now an absolute must for our customers. The opportunity to expand our network and partner with next-gen provider SmartSky made this an easy decision. SmartSky is now widely available and receiving rave reviews and we look forward to the successful completion of our first two projects.”

Based at Republic Airport (FRG), the Talon Air fleet is comprised of nearly 50 aircraft that include Gulfstream, Bombardier, Falcon and Textron types. The company is equipped to install both the SmartSky Flagship system for mid- to large-cabin jets, as well as SmartSky LITE, a streaming-level connectivity solution for smaller business aircraft. All SmartSky service plans include streaming with no preset cap on the number of simultaneously connected devices. The current Cash Back promotion enables customers to receive up to US$50,000 from SmartSky following installation and activation.

“Talon Air has been a responsive and customer-focused partner since the first moment we made contact,” said Aria Bahawdory, director of MRO account management for SmartSky. “Having both this installation and an STC project at the outset of the partnership demonstrates Talon Air’s high level of commitment to delivering the market and its customer base the best available connectivity solutions. We are extremely pleased to welcome Talon Air to our growing dealer network.”

SmartSky has many STCs for a wide variety of aircraft models, with nearly a dozen more in progress or awaiting certificate issuance from the FAA.

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