Inflight Workshop 2014: If there’s one thing we don’t like about Global Xpress

“its that it’s not available today!” So spoke David of Gogo during a lively debate at the Inflight Workshop session today named “Battle of the Connectors.”

Moderated by our own technology editor, Steve Nichols, a panel comprising OnAir’s Ian Dawkins, Inmarsat’s Ben Griffin, Gogo’s David Russell and Satcom 1’s Jimmy Larsen tackled the thorny topic of which connectivity system is best, and how best to deliver it.After the early promise of Ku has seen airlines run into trouble delivering it, Steve Nichols asked the panel how they could ensure delivering it on time to compete effectively with Ka coming online later this year. Russell revealed that Gogo had seen 700,000 connections on board in December alone with its a/g service, but added that this was unlikely to be a service rolled out elsewhere because of the homogeny of US having only one administration to cope with.Dawkins pointed to the consistency of service globally as a factor, and Larsen meanwhile, said that his customers had extremely high expectations given the amount of money they spent on their aircraft and used a variety of solutions.

Liz Moscrop, Inflight /

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