Posted on: 18 December 2014 by Mark Howells
Virgin America has announced the installation of Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight Wi-Fi service across its entire fleet is near completion.
Gogo’s ATG-4 technology offers peak speeds of 9.8 Mbps to each aircraft, more than triple the peak speed of the 3.1 Mbps available when Virgin America installed the first generation of Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi service back in 2007. This has been achieved by introducing directional antennas and dual modems on each aircraft.
Gogo has also deployed EV-DO Rev B technology on its airborne and ground networks for ATG-4, allowing the aggregation of multiple broadband channels, which doubles network capacity.
“Virgin America remains on the cutting edge of offering the best experiences to its passengers and we are excited to continue to work with them on creating a better in-flight Wi-Fi experience,” said Dave Bijur, Gogo’s regional president. “ATG-4 has had a significant impact on the market and we continue to see positive results from this newer technology.”
“Our team looks forward to reaching the milestone of becoming the first airline to install Gogo’s enhanced ATG-4 service across our entire fleet of 53 Airbus A320 family aircraft,” remarked Mark Bianchi, senior VP of technical operations at Virgin America. “This upgrade is the latest in a series of investments aimed at keeping our tech-forward travellers more connected, productive and entertained at 35,000 feet.”
To celebrate the rollout of ATG-4, Virgin America and Gogo are asking passengers to share their best “office in the sky” moment on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #OfficeInTheSky for a chance to win a round trip Main Cabin flight for two on Virgin America, a brand new iPad or complimentary Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service for one year.