Gogo to provide in-flight connectivity for Alaska Airlines’ Boeing and Airbus fleet
Gogo has been selected by US-based Alaska Airlines to provide its 2Ku in-flight connectivity solution for the carrier’s entire fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
The solution will be used to provide a variety of internet services to the guests onboard Alaska Airlines.
The guests will also receive internet services when the aircraft will fly over the ocean to destinations such as Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica.
Gogo president and CEO Michael Small said: “2Ku is the leading in-flight internet solution on the market today in terms of bandwidth delivered to each guest's device, coverage and reliability.
“We have market-leading satellite capacity with the ability to continually add more to meet growing demand.
“We continue to innovate and improve the technology to make sure 2Ku will keep Alaska ahead of the technology curve.”
Gogo is set to install the 2Ku service on Alaska’s Boeing 737 fleet by the first half of next year and expects to equip between 40% and 50% of the aircraft by the end of that year.
The remaining aircraft of Alaska’s mainline fleet will be fully equipped with the Gogo solution by early 2020.
Alaska Air Group subsidiary Virgin America’s mainline fleet will also feature the 2Ku in-flight solution as part of the new agreement.The installation is slated to be completed by 2020.
Alaska Airlines chief commercial officer Andrew Harrison said: “Our guests will soon be able to connect in the air, just as they do out and about on the ground helping make their travel time more relaxing and productive, whether that's scrolling through Facebook, checking email, or watching what's trending on YouTube.”
The carrier, along with Virgin America and its regional partners, currently flies 40 million guests a year to 118 destinations worldwide.