Posted on: 29 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Japanese domestic airline JTA, a member of the Japan Airlines group, has become the latest customer of Gogo’s 2Ku next generation connectivity solution.
The airline’s fleet of 12 737-800 aircraft will also receive Gogo’s wireless in-flight entertainment service – Gogo Vision.
t“We are excited to partner with JTA to bring what we believe will be the best performing connectivity solution for global aviation to its aircraft,” said Michael Small, Gogo president and CEO. “Eight commercial airlines around the world have agreed to deploy 2Ku on more than 550 aircraft. This is over half of the aircraft committed in the industry since we announced 2Ku.”
tt“2Ku brings reliable, high capacity connectivity to the global aviation market, and I’m excited to see it performing so well in flight,” added Mr. Small. “As the market leader, we had the opportunity to evaluate every available technology and found significant shortfalls with each. We engineered 2Ku to be the best of all worlds. Other technologies in this market, whether based in the Ka- or Ku-band, cannot, we believe, match the combination of speed, reliability and global availability offered by 2Ku.”
tt2Ku system testing continues, as Gogo seeks commercial launch scheduled for later this year. Initial installations are complete at Aeromexico and in progress at Virgin Atlantic. Beginning in early 2016, installations are expected to ramp up on other airline partners, including Air Canada, Delta, GOL and United. During 2016, Gogo anticipates completing retrofit installations on fleet types that include the Airbus 320, 330 and 340 families and the Boeing 737, 747 and 757 families.t
tttAlex Preston, editor, Inflight /Inflight-Online.comtttAPEX EXPO, Portland, Oregon