Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, Brazil’s largest air transportation group, says it has become the first airline in South America to offer inflight internet on board.
The first flight was between Congonhas-Brasilia-Congonhas.
Equipped with the latest Gogo 2Ku satellite communication technology antenna, the Boeing 737-800 will be used throughout GOL’s entire domestic and international route network.
The second aircraft with internet on board will begin operations on Thursday 6th, and the company’s entire fleet will be equipped by October 2018.
Company CEO, Paulo Kakinoff, made the announcement during the flight and it was transmitted live on GOL’s Facebook page.
“In this first phase, it will be possible to access all social media, e-mail, several websites and WhatsApp. As of October 20, the platform will be expanded to include entertainment and streaming media, with movies, cartoons, sitcoms and flight maps.
“We will also offer live TV soon and GOL will have the world’s most complete entertainment tool,” said Kakinoff.
The service will be free for six months. It is expected that the entire fleet will be equipped with entertainment and connectivity systems, as well as recharge or USB sockets.
This task is being carried out by GOL’s Maintenance Centre, in Confins.
Only the first aircraft’s antenna was installed in Miami, United States by Gogo, accompanied by GOL’s engineers and technicians.