Posted on: 18 September 2014 by Mark Howells
Gogo announced today that it has received a bid award letter from Vietnam Airlines to provide in-flight connectivity services on the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft as well as the majority of Vietnam’s Airbus A350 aircraft.
The aircraft will be outfitted with a mix of Inmarsat’s new GX Aviation Ka-band service and SwiftBroadband connectivity. Gogo and Vietnam Airlines are currently negotiating a definitive agreement, with the GX service expected to launch in the second half of 2015.Gogo's CEO Michael Small said, "This partnership with Vietnam Airlines will mark many firsts for Gogo, notably the first airline commitment to Inmarsat’s GX Aviation broadband connectivity and Gogo’s first Airbus A350 aircraft and Boeing 787 service commitment.”The first GX satellite is in operation and the other two satellites are awaiting launch to support a global commercial service expected at the end of June 2015, according to Leo Mondale, president of aviation at Inmarsat.
Liz Moscrop,Inflight / Inflight-Online.com