Posted on: 12 April 2016 by Mark Howells
From July 2016, Gogo will offer two new service plans to open up in-flight connectivity options for turboprops and light jets at lower rates.
“After speaking with owners in the turboprop and light jet markets, the feedback we received was that predictable pricing plans are important,” said Andy Geist, senior vice president of sales for Gogo Business Aviation. “So we created the new hourly plans with the customer in mind to offer plans with predictability and no overages.”
Starting at US$39 per hour, the ATG 1000 plan will enable high-performance e-mail with attachments via the Gogo Biz network, while passengers can use their own smartphones and mobile numbers via Gogo Text & Talk. Up to five personal devices can be connected simultaneously.
Select cockpit and operational applications can be used with the ATG 1000 system through Gogo's partnerships with the industry's leading app providers: FlightAware, ForeFlight, Honeywell and WSI Corporation.
The ATG 1000 is also compatible with the Gogo OnePhone cabin handset. If a customer with an ATG 1000 system wants to add Internet connectivity at a later date, the ATG 1000 is software-upgradable, providing the unique ability to add connectivity features, such as web browsing.
Gogo is also offering its ATG 2000 service plan at US$99 per hour to enable in-flight web browsing and email as well as most apps. Gogo's Text & Talk is available as an additional option.
With the new plans there’s no need to buy blocks of hours and no minimum monthly fee. After paying for the first hour, customers then pay only for what they use and incur fees only when the service is being utilised.
“The predictability and affordability of these plans make it easy for owners and operators to budget for in-cabin connectivity services using the Gogo ATG 1000 or ATG 2000 systems,” concluded John Wade, Gogo Business Aviation's EVP and general manager. “This fundamentally changes the pricing structure for adding connectivity on light jets and turboprops.”