Gogo has announced that Air Canada will expand its connectivity partnership to the airline’s international fleet including on 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Air Canada will install Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity technology on wide-body international fleet, starting this fall on its Boeing 777 aircraft.
“The performance of Gogo’s 2Ku technology is unmatched in global aviation today and is built on the concept of an open system with the ability to leverage dozens of Ku-band satellites in orbit,” explains said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “We’ve also built it to leverage any of the new Ku-band LEO satellite constellations coming on line in the future.”
Gogo currently has partnerships with 14 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft.
Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada said of the airline’s decision in favour of Gogo connectivity for long-haul flights: “While business traveler will welcome satellite Wi-Fi service as a productivity tool, it will have widespread appeal for all travellers by allowing them to stay in touch, access the internet and enjoy additional entertainment options throughout their entire journey.”
Recently, the connectivity provider has announced several upgrades to its connectivity infrastructure, including improvements to the modem which powers the 2Ku service and new partnerships with satellite providers which will give it pole-to-pole coverage.
These announcements followed American Airline’s decision to open up its connectivity services on 200 aircraft for bid by competitor ViaSat.