OnAir working with mobile operators to cut inflight mobile rates

Geneva, Switzerland | April 2, 2012–Oi, Brazil’s leading mobile phone company, is working with OnAir and TAM Airlines to halve the cost of using OnAir’s inflight GSM mobile phone network. The promotion, starting on April 1st, is designed to make inflight connectivity more popular on domestic flights.

During this promotion, Oi Postpay customers travelling with TAM will pay 50% less for using their own mobile phones, smartphones and tablets for calls, texting, emailing and synchronizing applications during flights.

OnAir’s inflight GSM mobile phone service is available on TAM routes within Brazil. TAM has a critical mass of 31 aircraft equipped with inflight connectivity, meaning the service now reaches a significant passenger population and more aircraft will be equipped during 2012.

“Now that OnAir connectivity has been deployed across so much of TAM’s fleet, the time could not be better for Oi, TAM and OnAir to promote the innovative connectivity service intensively,” said Ian Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer OnAir. “Our ultimate aim is to ensure inflight connectivity is affordable for everyone by bringing the cost closer to terrestrial prices.”

“TAM leads the deployment of inflight connectivity in South America, providing convenience to our customers. We want to bring this onboard technology to more and more people, so we are working to expand the reach of the service by making it better for passengers”, said Manoela Amaro, Marketing Director of TAM.

“With truly global presence, we have a critical mass of passengers using our products,” said Dawkins, “and we are working with mobile network operators to bring down inflight costs. It is a win for everyone, the airline, the mobile operator, the passenger and us.”

“This is another Oi action to give our customers complete freedom to talk and access the Internet wherever they are, and now for much less. With the advent of smartphones and tablets, our customers want connectivity everywhere and we are always looking for ways to help them achieve that,” said Eduardo Aspesi, director of Segments of Oi.

OnAir inflight GSM mobile phone and Internet services are currently available on 16 airlines across the world.

ATLANTA, GA, & SAO PAULO, BRAZIL | August 15, 2011 Release date- 08/12/2011 — EMS Aviation, a division of mobile connectivity leader EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELMG), today announced that its Aspire family of satellite-based, in-flight connectivity systems – which includes the new Aspire Portable AirMail product, a portable Iridium-based e-mail product, and a color touch screen handset – will make its Latin American debut at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 11-13.

‘This is a great opportunity for us to present our Aspire in-flight connectivity solutions to the Latin American business jet market,’ said John Jarrell, Vice President and General Manager, EMS Aviation. ‘Staying connected while in-flight is an essential element of aircraft operation and the Aspire system’s small installation foot-print, ease of upgrade and pricing structure make it a perfect solution for small- to medium-sized aircraft.’ The Aspire 200 LG system began shipping in North America in May. It was introduced in Europe earlier this year and was also chosen for a Cessna Sovereign for Anderson Air, a Canadian business jet operator. Installations on other platforms, including the Hawker 4000, Hawker 800/850/900 Series, Citation X, Citation XLS/XLS+ and the Challenger 300, are expected in the coming months. Designed to deliver feature-rich voice and data connectivity to owners and operators of small- and medium-sized business aircraft, Aspire products use standard wiring configuration and interfaces to support either Iridium or Inmarsat components. Users can easily change or upgrade systems without rewiring the aircraft or changing out the avionics racks. Options include the Aspire CSU Iridium (voice and low-speed data) transceiver, the Inmarsat HDU (voice and high-speed data) transceiver, and a higher gain Inmarsat antenna. Aspire’s Inmarsat system data rates range from up to 200 kbps with a low-gain antenna, to as much as 330 kbps with an intermediate-gain antenna and to as high as 432 kbps with a high-gain antenna. Additional Supplemental Type Certifications (STCs) for several other aircraft types, including the Bombardier Challenger 300, Gulfstream GII and GIII, and Dassault Falcon 2000 are also being pursued. ‘Our Android-based handset solution is a key feature of the Aspire line,’ said Timothy Roberts, Director, Aspire Global Solutions, EMS Aviation. ‘Instead of using commercial, off-the-shelf components, we have developed an aviation-grade voice solution that will not only allow passengers and crew to make calls with the quality of a landline connection, but also provides the ability to check e-mail and to control the cabin management system. This is business aviation’s pioneering Smartphone platform and it offers significant and unique functionality.’ About EMS Technologies As one of the world’s leading providers of wireless connectivity solutions, EMS Technologies, Inc. keeps people and systems connected – on land, at sea, in the air or in space. EMS offers industry-leading technology to support Aero Connectivity and Global Resource Management markets through a broad range of cutting-edge satellite and terrestrial network products; helping businesses, assets and people stay connected and promoting universal mobility, visibility and intelligence. EMS (NASDAQ: ELMG) serves customers through operations in 12 countries. EMS Aviation, a division of EMS Technologies, Inc., is a leading supplier of connectivity and in-cabin infrastructure equipment for a broad range of commercial and military aircraft. EMS Aviation’s products and services are designed to enable reliable worldwide Internet connectivity and in-flight entertainment, satellite-based messaging and tracking, rugged data management and storage, and data record and replay. The division is a leader in Inmarsat, Iridium, Ku band and air-to-ground mobile connectivity solutions, with proven commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems. NOTE TO EDITORS EMS Aviation will be exhibiting at LABACE in booth 2016 and will be presenting ‘Aspire: A Revolution in Airborne Connectivity’ on Friday, August 12, at 18:00 – 19:00 in the Santos Dumont Auditorium on site at the Congonhas Airport, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Contact: Kate Murchison EMS Aviation Tel: +1 613.591. 6040 ext.1415 Mobile: +1 613. 286.5235 Email: murchison.k@emsaviation.com Jennifer J. Grigas Media Relations Tel: +1 770.729.6554 Mobile: +1 770. 595.2448 Email: grigas.j@ems.-t.com Forward-Looking Statements Statements contained in this press release regarding the Company’s expectations for its financial results for 2011 and the potential for various businesses and products are forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those statements as a result of a wide variety of factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad and their effect on capital spending in our principal markets; difficulty predicting the timing of receipt of major customer orders, and the effect of customer timing decisions on our results; our successful completion of technological development programs and the effects of technology that may be developed by, and patent rights that may be held or obtained by, competitors; U.S. defense budget pressures on near-term spending priorities; uncertainties inherent in the process of converting contract awards into firm contractual orders in the future; volatility of foreign currency exchange rates relative to the U.S. dollar and their effect on purchasing power by international customers, and on the cost structure of the our operations outside the U.S., as well as the potential for realizing foreign exchange gains and losses associated with assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies; successful resolution of technical problems, proposed scope changes, or proposed funding changes that may be encountered on contracts; changes in our consolidated effective income tax rate caused by the extent to which actual taxable earnings in the U.S., Canada and other taxing jurisdictions may vary from expected taxable earnings, changes in tax laws, and the extent to which deferred tax assets are considered realizable; successful transition of products from development stages to an efficient manufacturing environment; changes in the rates at which our products are returned for repair or replacement under warranty; customer response to new products and services, and general conditions in our target markets (such as logistics and space-based communications) and whether these responses and conditions develop according to our expectations; the increased potential for asset impairment charges as unfavorable economic or financial market conditions or other developments might affect the estimated fair value of one or more of our business units; the success of certain of our customers in marketing our line of high-speed commercial airline communications products as a complementary offering with their own lines of avionics products; the availability of financing for various mobile and high-speed data communications systems; risk that unsettled conditions in the credit markets may make it more difficult for some customers to obtain financing and adversely affect their ability to pay, which in turn could have an adverse impact on our business, operating results and financial condition; development of successful working relationships with local business and government personnel in connection with distribution and manufacture of products in foreign countries; the demand growth for various mobile and high-speed data communications services; our ability to attract and retain qualified senior management and other personnel, particularly those with key technical skills; our ability to effectively integrate our acquired businesses, products or technologies into our existing businesses and products, and the risk that any such acquired businesses, products or technologies do not perform as expected, are subject to undisclosed or unanticipated liabilities, or are otherwise dilutive to our earnings; the potential effects, on cash and results of discontinued operations, of final resolution of potential liabilities under warranties and representations that we made, and obligations assumed by purchasers, in connection with our dispositions of discontinued operations; the availability, capabilities and performance of suppliers of basic materials, electronic components and sophisticated subsystems on which we must rely in order to perform according to contract requirements, or to introduce new products on the desired schedule; uncertainties associated with U.S. export controls and the export license process, which restrict our ability to hold technical discussions with customers, suppliers and internal engineering resources and can reduce our ability to obtain sales from customers outside the U.S. or to perform contracts with the desired level of efficiency or profitability; our ability to maintain compliance with the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Communications Commission, and with other government regulations affecting our products and their production, service and functioning and costs associated with a recent announcement by one of shareholders that it intends to nominate four directors to our Board. Further information concerning relevant factors and risks are identified under the caption ‘Risk Factors’ in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. [Editorial queries for this story should be sent to newswire@enpublishing.co.uk ]

Geneva, Switzerland, 16 June 2010 – OnAir, the world’s leading provider of inflight communications, today launched full mobile phone connectivity – including GSM & GPRS – for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ flagship MS EUROPA with OnAir’s Mobile technology. The launch, with a cruise of the Baltic Sea, marks an extension of OnAir’s business into a new and promising business sector, and underlines the versatility of OnAir’s technology in being able to use various types of satellite links.

OnAir’s technological partners, Siemens IT Solutions and Services and TriaGnoSys, developed technology to enable passengers and crew to use their own mobile phones and Smartphones (iPhone, Blackberry©, HTC, etc). The GSM service uses satellite communications, making connectivity possible regardless of the ship’s location. Siemens IT Solutions and Services supplied, installed and will maintain the software and hardware supporting OnAir’s technology.

“We’re delighted to be providing Hapag-Lloyd Cruises with the very latest in communications technology, giving its passengers the freedom to stay connected while at sea,” said Ian Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of OnAir. “With Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ passengers voyaging to destinations like the Baltics, Polynesia and New Zealand, today’s launch really does underline OnAir’s position as the only truly global communications provider of voice, data and Internet both in the air and on the oceans,” he added.

“Our commitment is to provide travellers with the very highest quality of service onboard of our cruise liners. The latest mobile technology provided by OnAir is absolutely in line with Hapag-Lloyd’s Five Star ranking for service and excellence,” says Paul Goldbeck , Manager IT/QM of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys, said: “Our expertise is in enabling communications where terrestrial infrastructures are out of reach, for example on ships or planes, and indeed TriaGnoSys technology has been used to provide GSM and GPRS services for airline passengers for over two and a half years. We specialise in efficient bandwidth use, increasing the number of simultaneous calls available at the same time as reducing satellite costs, expertise that is now available to the maritime market.”

The installation, which uses the ship’s existing Ku-band satellite antenna, is a simple process that can be carried out during a routine maintenance stop between cruises. The software developed by Siemens and TriaGnoSys uses compression technology to make very efficient use of the available bandwidth.

Florian Wolff, Senior Systems Engineer for Aerospace Solutions at Siemens IT Solutions and Services, said: “We have specifically designed the hardware and software to be simple to install, which means it is easy to scale the service up if required, and also to introduce it across the rest of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ fleet. The technology is tried and tested – we know it is high quality and robust, and we know people want to remain in touch using their own phones and Smartphones.”

MS EUROPA is the only cruise liner in the world to have been awarded the coveted 5-star plus distinction by the Berlitz Cruise Guide since its commissioning in 1999. It accommodates a maximum of 408 guests in over 200 suites, and 280 officers and crew, while visiting destinations on all five continents.

OnAir is already offering passengers of more than 25 airlines and VIP & Governmental operators voice, e-mail, text services and Internet access, on flights over four continents by using the latest SwiftBroadband Inmarsat L-band technology.