Aircell Announces Expansion in Middle East Region


DUBAI, UAE [Dubai Airshow 2009] – November 13, 2009 – Aircell, the world’s leading provider of airborne communications, announces that it has expanded its worldwide presence by appointing Shoukry Shokralla as its sales & service representative in Abu Dhabi.

In his new role, Shokralla is responsible for supporting existing Aircell operators in the region and assisting prospective customers with their airborne communications needs. He will also provide Tier 1 support services, supplementing Aircell’s existing infrastructure in Europe and elsewhere in the world. He reports to Andrew Geist, Senior Vice President – Business Aviation Solutions.

Shokralla has over 28 years of experience in avionics and communications services and has extensive knowledge in marketing and technical disciplines. Fluent in Arabic, French and English, he is an experienced, FAA-certified pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He holds an Electrical Engineering degree from California State University, Northridge, in the United States.

John Wade, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Aircell, commented, “Even with the challenges of the current economic climate, business aviation continues to experience growth in the Middle East. Aircell is a global company and it’s important for us to provide comprehensive support and local representation in such a key region. We’re delighted to have Shoukry join the Aircell team. His decades of avionics and communications experience and market knowledge will be invaluable as Aircell expands its activities in the region.”

Aircell offers a complete line of airborne communications systems and services. For global connectivity using laptops and smartphones, Aircell’s new SwiftBroadband solution is particularly suited to business aircraft operators in the Middle East. It allows passengers to seamlessly use their personal devices for e-mail and light Internet services in flight. They can also use the system’s integrated cabin handsets to make and receive voice calls. Aircell’s SwiftBroadband solution is powered by Thrane & Thrane.

Aircraft operators and dealers may reach Shoukry Shokralla directly at +971.50.318.0320 or

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