NEW YORK — JetBlue will purchase Verizon Communications Inc.'s in-flight calling service, the airline said Monday.

A Verizon unit, Airfone, operated a network of seat-back phones on several commercial airlines, but it shut down that business in 2006 after the spectrum it used was reauctioned by the government. JetBlue's LiveTV in-flight entertainment subsidiary was one of the winners of the auction.

Airfone still provides service to about 2,400 private and government aircraft under the Magnastar brand, said LiveTV spokesman Mike Moeller. That service will be part of the acquisition. He did not provide the financial terms of the deal.