Gogo to partner with Air Canada on international fleet

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

Gogo has expanded its connectivity partnership with Air Canada to include its international fleet, including the Boeing 787.

Air Canada is the only Canadian carrier offering customers in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity across its entire fleet of narrow-body aircraft in North America.

Under the new agreement, Gogo’s 2Ku Ku-band connectivity technology will be installed on Air Canada’s wide-body international aircraft, starting with the Boeing 777 this autumn.

Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, said: “We are excited about extending our relationship with Air Canada to bring our 2Ku technology to its international fleet.

Gogo 2Ku

“The performance of Gogo’s 2Ku technology is unmatched in global aviation today and is built on the concept of an open system with the ability to leverage dozens of Ku-band satellites in orbit.

“We’ve also built it to leverage any of the new Ku-band LEO satellite constellations coming on line in the future. This system design will enable Air Canada to continue to deliver industry leading connectivity to its passengers for the foreseeable future.”

Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, added: “Air Canada is pleased to announce it will offer customers the ability to stay connected whenever and wherever they fly by extending in-flight, North American connectivity to its wide-body aircraft flying overseas using satellite technology.

“While business travellers will welcome satellite Wi-Fi service as a productivity tool, it will have widespread appeal for all passengers by allowing them to stay in touch, access the internet and enjoy additional entertainment options throughout their entire journey.”

Gogo now has more than 850 aircraft orders for 2Ku, across 10 airlines.

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