Posted on: 25 February 2015 by Ross McSweeny
In a new deal, more than 250 of Delta Air Lines’ (Delta) narrowbody aircraft will be equipped with Gogo’s next generation 2Ku technology from 2016, with Gogo also announcing it is partnering with Delta on the launch of its next generation air to ground technologies for short-haul domestic aircraft flying within the US.
The narrowbody Delta aircraft which will be installed with 2Ku currently serve long-haul domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes. However, Gogo has said its 2Ku service is also expected to be installed on new international aircraft when they enter the Delta fleet.
“Delta has been a great partner and truly saw the value of a connected fleet very early on. As a result, they now have the largest connected fleet in the world,” commented Gogo's president and CEO, Michael Small. "By selecting these new technologies for the fleet, Delta will be able to realise the opportunities increased capacity will bring to passengers, crew and airline operations.
“Our agreement to work together to develop applications and services that connect their aircraft and crew to the internet at all times will help build a more efficient airline over time.”
Gogo's 2Ku technology is expected to deliver peak speeds of 70 Mbps at launch – 20 times the bandwidth of its original air to ground technology – offering Gogo the opportunity to go beyond passenger connectivity and work with Delta on the development of operational applications and services.