Universal Expands In-Flight Connectivity Services With SwiftBroadband(SM) SATCOM

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has expanded its in-flight connectivity services with the addition of high-speed Inmarsat SwiftBroadband(SM) satellite communications.

SwiftBroadband is available to subscribers of UVdatalink®, Universal's aircraft data link communications service, and expands UVdatalink's Inmarsat service offering which already includes Swift 64 and Classic Aero (Aero-L, Aero-H/H+, and Aero-I).This new service comes as a result of a new relationship between Universal® and Vizada, the largest independent provider of mobile satellite services.

"With SwiftBroadband, we can now greatly increase the speed of in-flight connectivity for our UVdatalink subscribers who are SwiftBroadband compatible," said Randy Stephens, Divisional Vice President, Product Management and Specialty Services, Universal. "Our clients and their passengers will now have access to faster and uninterrupted connectivity for their voice, SMS, e-mail, broadband internet, VPN and video conferencing needs."

In addition to SwiftBroadband, UVdatalink also now supports direct dialing to the aircraft, available for both Inmarsat and Iridium connections, which allows people on the ground to reach any handset onboard an aircraft in flight using a 10-digit phone number.

For more information on UVdatalink and to learn more about special sign-up incentives being offered exclusively at EBACE2011, visit Universal exhibit #7091 in Hall 7, or visit www.universalweather.com/uvdatalink.

About Universal
With more than 50 years in business aviation and over 2.5 million trip legs facilitated, Universal®provides the solutions you need to meet your goals. Discover greater efficiency and productivity through resources including customized trip support, savings through the UVair®Fuel Program, worldwide ground support from Universal Aviation(SM), online flight planning and trip tools, aircraft data link communications, and much more. For more information, contact our worldwide sales at (800) 793-1295 (North America) or (713) 378-2778 (Worldwide).

Contact Information:

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Worldwide Direct: 713-947-5713
On-site at EBACE: 713-306-3262