Gogo has opened a new logistics hub in Amsterdam to support its growing customer basis in Europe. The Amsterdam logistics hub is already in operation and is being managed in partnership with Kuehne and Nagel, a global transport and logistics company based in Switzerland.
The warehouse will stock and ship Gogo 2Ku parts directly to airline and OEM customers and will offer the same capabilities as the existing Gogo facility located outside Chicago.
Bases on what we know from the Chicago facility, a 2Ku “shipkit” comprises:
- Two Thinkom satellite antennas
- Mounting ring adapter
- Composite radome
- Wiring harnesses
- Terrestrial antenna
- ACPU 2.0 (Airborne CPU)
- Modman and Kandu antenna controllers
- CWAPs (Cabin Wireless Access Points)
- Equipment racks with cooling hardware
- Content loader (used to load Gogo Vision streaming entertainment)
- Cabin handset
In addition to these major components, the shipkit also contains the thousands of screws and other small parts required for the installation.
European customers for 2Ku include IAG Group (British Airways, Iberia and Air Lingus), Virgin Atlantic, and Air France-KLM.
In May 2017 Gogo Business Aviation also announced that German aircraft manager and charter operator K5-Aviation was to be its first 2Ku business aviation customer in Europe.
John Wade, President of Gogo’s Commercial Aviation Division, said: “We believe that expanding these capabilities closer to our airline customers as well as our OEM partners will provide them with the support and flexibility they need during the ramp-up of installing and operating the 2Ku inflight connectivity solution.
“Partnering with Kuehne + Nagel will strengthen our global supply chain to meet the needs of our customers as we continue to grow internationally.”
Gogo said last month that more than 2,000 aircraft are now scheduled to be installed with its 2Ku technology, representing 16 of the world’s leading airlines.
More than 650 aircraft are believed to be flying with the Ku-band inflight connectivity technology.