15 Apr 2017

Delta’s ‘Midas touch’ continues for Gogo

The announcement declaring Gogo’s latest 2Ku install deal – covering Virgin Australia’s Boeing 737-800, Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft – could be seen as well-timed; whether intended or not, the news dropped just before the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, ensuring it didn’t get lost in other headlines emerging from the show.

The deal will see 86 aircraft fitted with the new system based on current fleet details, with 2Ku testing set to begin this month and run for 90 days, bringing the company to mid-year before a wider deployment will begin. This may limit Virgin Australia’s ability to take advantage of the relatively slower southern winter flight schedules to complete installations in the middle part of calendar year 2017.

The move to a full fleet implementation and the relatively fast deployment ability – Gogo claims installs are now in the 3-5 day range – come as Virgin Australia’s most significant direct competitor, Qantas, is also working to quickly bring connectivity to its domestic and regional fleet using ViaSat’s Ka-band system and the new NBN satellite. Though Qantas’ original media test flight was cancelled last month due to “stability issues”, it later demoed the solution on 7 April 2017 with positive results reported.

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Source : Runway Girl Network | Kirby Media Group

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