APEX 2011: Virgin America is launch airline for Gogo’s ATG-4 Wi-Fi service

Gogo has announced that Virgin America will be the first airline to offer the inflight connectivity provider’s next generation ATG-4 technology.The ATG-4 service will enhance the ATG network and improve aircraft WiFi capacity by approximately four times through the addition of directional antenna, dual-modem and EV-DO Rev. B technologies. Virgin America was the first carrier to offer fleetwide WiFi from May 2009 via Aircell’s Gogo service.President and CEO of Virgin America, David Cush commented, “With Gogo’s new ATG-4 technology, we’re excited to see our long-time partner come to the table with a new offering that will further improve the speed and performance of in-flight WiFi for our guests.”Gogo’s ATG-4 service is scheduled for delivery on Virgin America aircraft within the first half of 2012. The new platform is backwards compatible and allows for upgrades to existing ATG systems through low cost retrofits.“ATG-4’s increased capacity is a perfect solution to meet Virgin America’s connectivity needs,” commented Michael Small, Gogo’s President and CEO. “We will continue to develop and offer a suite of technology solutions for our airline partners, recognizing that this isn’t a one-size fits all market. Our experience has taught us the important lesson that multiple technologies will need to be deployed over time, and our solutions are built to accommodate changes in technology to meet the needs of every aircraft and mission – whether that’s through ATG, ATG-4 or satellite technologies.”

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