AIX2016: Gogo partners with Airbus Corporate Jet to install 2Ku

An Airbus A350XWB
An Airbus A350XWB

Gogo has partnered with Airbus subsidiary Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) to install, on a retrofit basis, its 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology on new Airbus A350 aircraft.

Until now, only first-generation gimbaled antennas have been available for the A350. But under this new agreement, airlines may elect to add Gogo’s 2Ku system to the A350 on a retrofit basis with a factory-authorised installation from ACJC.

Delta Air Lines will be the first customer for such installations and expects delivery of its first 2Ku-equipped A350 in 2017. Additionally, Delta will be the first U. S. airline to launch a domestic 2Ku service as its first narrow-body aircraft takes flight later this month.

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

Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, said: “We are looking forward to working with Airbus Corporate Jet Centre to offer this product to airlines.

“Working with ACJC and Airbus to make 2Ku available on the A350 is great news for airlines interested in the most future-proof in-flight connectivity solution.”

Gogo says it has now announced 2Ku contract awards for more than 850 aircraft.

Get Connected” tested 2Ku on Gogo’s test aircraft in the UK last week – read our report to find out how it performed.

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