Gogo has been selected by Airbus as a lead supplier for its High Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) programme.
The designation officially enables factory line-fit installation of Gogo’s 2Ku global satellite solution on the Airbus A320 Family, A330, and A380 aircraft.
Being part of Airbus’ HBC programme means airlines can place future aircraft orders with Airbus and have Gogo’s 2Ku technology installed at the factory on all major fleet types.
The aircraft are then delivered with the technology already installed and ready for service on day one.
Anand Chari, Executive Vice President and CTO at Gogo, said: “We are proud to be selected by Airbus as a supplier for Airbus’ high bandwidth connectivity program andlook forward to working with them to provide our industry leading 2Ku solution to their customers.
“The selection is acknowledgement of the traction we’ve made with 2Ku in the marketplace. It’s also validation of the long-term viability of this technology and its ability to serve commercial aviation for the foreseeable future.”
Blane Boynton, Gogo’s VP Product Management, said: “Gogo has more than 1,500 aircraft commitments to 2Ku, representing 12 commercial airlines. Most of the 1500+ aircraft are set to be flying with the technology by the end of 2018.
“We’ve completed 150 2Ku installs so far, with each taking around 48 hours over three to five days.”
Airlines choosing 2Ku include AeroMexico, Delta, GOL, BA, Air Canada, JTA, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, KLM and Virgin Australia.