Gogo says that Delta Air Lines has increased its commitment to its 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology by at least 350 aircraft. This increases Delta’s total number of 2Ku committed aircraft to more than 600.
Installation of 2Ku will offer customers faster speeds and bandwidth more than 20 times that of Gogo’s ATG technology, allowing for video streaming functionality.
This summer, customers will be able to use Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment from taxi and takeoff through landing on 2Ku-enabled aircraft. In late 2016, Delta will launch IPTV, giving customers the ability to watch live TV from their own devices.
Tim Mapes, Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Delta customers have expressed an interest in their time in the air being as productive as their time on the ground, and the Gogo system offers a vastly upgraded in-flight Wi-Fi experience.
“By committing to more aircraft with this technology, we’re providing Delta customers with faster and more reliable in-flight connectivity as a part of Delta’s commitment to always delivering the industry’s best on-board services.”
Jon Cobin, Gogo’s Executive Vice President, Global Airline Business Group, added: “With the new Ku-band system, Delta will be able to deliver a better inflight experience to its passengers wherever they fly around the world.
“We know how important it is to Delta to bring this technology to passengers and we plan on getting it deployed on these aircraft as soon as possible.”
Gogo’s new Ku-band technology is designed to be open so it’s compatible with multiple satellite networks, which means the technology will be upgradeable over time without having to touch the aircraft.
2Ku installations have already started on the Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A319 fleets, and additional Delta fleets will be retrofitted with the new system. The service will also be offered on Airbus A330-900Neo and A350-900 aircraft when they enter Delta’s fleet in 2019 and 2017, respectively.
Delta will operate more than 35 aircraft with 2Ku by the end of 2016.
- Find out how Get Connected’s Steve Nichols got on with 2Ku when he tested it in the skies over the UK in April.