Air France-KLM has signed a partnership agreement with Gogo to offer its customers 2Ku inflight connectivity services on board its long-haul aircraft.
A total of 68 Air France Boeing 777s and 15 Airbus A330s, as well as 29 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777s and 12 Airbus A330s, will be equipped with 2Ku Wi-Fi on board starting from end 2017, a total of 124 long-haul aircraft.
With this new joint Air France and KLM agreement, passengers will benefit from Wi-Fi during their trip by staying connected around the world with their family, friends or business partners, on their smartphone, laptop or tablet.
On the in-house Air France-KLM designed onboard portal a freely accessible environment is available where customers can find relevant information about their flight, arrange travel details and find entertainment beyond the state of the art seat-back inflight entertainment systems.
“We are delighted to bring Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology to one of the largest airlines in the world and two of the most iconic brands in commercial aviation,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s President and CEO.
“2Ku delivers a ground-like performance to aircraft flying around the world today, including the ability to stream video. One of the many benefits of 2Ku is that it’s built on an open architecture and can leverage new technology advancements in the future, which means the technology will get even better over time and will provide passengers with a superior connectivity experience now and in the future.”
The first aircraft is expected to be in service end of next year, with the bulk of the installations taking place during 2018-2019.
Air France-KL says the 2Ku product from Gogo offers a future-proof platform based on the latest antenna technology, bringing flexibility to adapt to growing demands from our customers.
Michel Pozas Lucic, Vice President Customer Innovation and Care at Air France-KLM, said: “We want to offer our customers the best possible solution to stay connected. By installing the latest WiFi technology on board on more than 120 aircraft in our long-haul fleet, we are once again illustrating our ability to innovate and provide all our passengers with the best possible experience.
“On Air France-KLM’s long-haul fleet, passengers already enjoy Wi-Fi on board the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with currently eight aircraft operated by KLM and the first aircraft operated by Air France as from 9 January next year.
“The group’s Boeing 787s, which offer Wi-Fi on board, are equipped by Panasonic Avionics, and offer the same portal and products as planned on the rest of the long-haul fleet.”
About Air France-KLM
A global giant with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM Group’s main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance.
Air France-KLM is the leading Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. In 2016, it offers its customers access to a network covering 320 destinations in 114 countries thanks to its four brands Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia and HOP! Air France. With a fleet of 534 aircraft in operation and 89.8 million passengers carried in 2015, Air France-KLM operates up to 2,200 daily flights, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Air France-KLM and its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with 270 daily flights.
Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 16,270 daily flights to 1,057 destinations in 179 countries.