Delta to fit Gogo 2Ku connectivity on more than 250 aircraft

Gogo's "2Ku" dual Ku-band antenna promises up to 70mbps downlinks.
Gogo’s “2Ku” dual Ku-band antenna promises up to 70mbps downlinks.

Delta Air Lines has selected Gogo to outfit its narrowbody aircraft serving long-haul domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes with Gogo’s next-generation 2Ku technology.

More than 250 aircraft in Delta’s existing fleet are expected to be installed with 2Ku, which is also expected to be installed on new international aircraft when they enter the Delta fleet.

Gogo expects to begin 2Ku installations by 2016 and will continue deploying new technologies to the fleet over several years.

In addition to the 2Ku award, Delta will also partner with Gogo in the launch of next-generation air to ground technologies for short-haul domestic aircraft flying within the US.

Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, said: “Delta has been a great partner and truly saw the value of a connected fleet very early on. As a result, they now have the largest connected fleet in the world.

“By selecting these new technologies for the fleet, Delta will be able to realise the opportunities that increased capacity will bring to their passengers, crew and airline operations.”

Gogo’s 2Ku technology is expected to deliver peak speeds of 70 Mbps at launch, which is 20 times the bandwidth of its original air to ground technology.

Gogo expects peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps as spotbeam Ku satellites become available (the first is expected to be launched in 2016).

More bandwidth will offer Gogo the opportunity to go beyond passenger connectivity and work with Delta on the development of operational applications and services.

“Our agreement to work together to develop applications and services that connect their aircraft and crew to the internet at all times will help build a more efficient airline over time,” added Small.

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