Gogo shares video of 2Ku inflight connectivity install on GOL

Gogo's "2Ku" dual Ku-band antenna as fitted to GOL.
Gogo’s “2Ku” dual Ku-band antenna.

Gogo has released a video of a behind the scenes look at a 2Ku installation on a GOL Boeing 737-800.

The clip shows the company installing the cabin wireless access points, the Gogo 2Ku antenna on top of the plane, and its avionics equipment in the bay beneath.

Once completed, this plane will have access to the internet through the 2Ku inflight connectivity system, as well as live IP-based television and the Gogo Vision entertainment system.

Gogo announced it was to bring its 2Ku in-flight connectivity services to GOL, the largest low-cost airline in Latin America, in June 2015.

This means GOL will be the first Brazilian airline to offer broadband internet access to its passengers.

Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, said at the time: “This is a major win for Gogo and represents a number of firsts for Gogo.

“GOL is Gogo’s first airline partner in South America and the first airline to commit to Gogo’s television product. It also represents the largest aircraft commitment to our 2Ku technology outside of North America.”

Gogo’s 2Ku Ku-band inflight connectivity solution was tested over the UK by “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols aboard the company’s Boeing 737-500 test aircraft N321GG and delivered up to 25-27Mbps to the aircraft.

The B737, named “Jimmy Ray” after one of the company’s founders, took a selected group of journalists on a one-hour flight over London from Stansted Airport on Friday 1 April 2016 to test the system. Steve Nichols joined them – filing this story from the aircraft itself.

For the tests, the passengers had access to 2Ku internet on the ground, through the take-off and landing phases, and while in flight.

 

Gogo 2Ku installation on GOL 737-800 from Gogo on Vimeo.

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