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In the US market, which is by far the largest for in-flight WiFi, there is a looming battle between traditional market leader Gogo and upcoming ViaSat.  Gogo has the largest footprint with “10 airline partners, 6,000+ connected aircraft, 67 STCs obtained, 55+ million inflight internet sessions to date.” By contrast, ViaSat offers a “high-capacity Ka-band network hosting in-flight broadband for commercial airlines, with JetBlue and United as inaugural customers”.

Gogo pioneered the business of in-flight connectivity, starting with an air to ground solution (ATG).  More recently they have developed a Ku solution they call 2Ku.  Gogo argues that its solution uses a much larger network of Ku satellites to enable passengers and airlines to exploit high speed data links.  Man of Gogo’s airline clients want to offer and exploit connectivity over water away from the US mainland, where the ATG system works.  The ATG system… Continue reading

Gogo announced its Gogo Vision product has been installed on more than 2,000 aircraft.  This means that it is now the leading provider of wireless in-flight entertainment by a large margin and it is making gains on becoming the largest in-flight entertainment provider in the world.  More than 2,200 commercial aircraft are outfitted with the technology and more than 1 million videos are being watched through Gogo Vision each month.

“We know that passengers want entertainment on their own devices.  We also know that almost everyone boards a plane with at least one Wi-Fi enabled device.  Gogo Vision was built to take advantage of this trend,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo CCO.  “It has become successful because weight matters in aviation.  When compared to traditional in-flight entertainment solutions, Gogo is much lighter weight, requires less maintenance and is lower cost.”

To use Gogo Vision the… Continue reading

Our fourth annual EFB survey report will be available from Monday January 18.  The 34 page report (PDF) includes six sections (Airline Operations, Connectivity, Business Case Drivers, Future Planning, Cyber Security, Tablet EFBs) with 46 charts and a foreword by IATA. The survey has input from 80 airlines, making it one of the broadest sources on this subject.

If you are interested in getting your electronic copy on Monday please email us.

2016-01-15_8-10-00We are also offering clients access to the survey data (without airline identifications). The data set is from surveys undertaken in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.   The data is in Excel format and enables unlimited analyses.  If you are interested in this option, please use the email link above to contact us.  Delivery is available now.

Inmarsat is a global connectivity provider focused on mobile connectivity solutions.  They have three Ka satellites that cover the entire globe.  VP Business Aviation Kurt Weidemeyer explains how they do this and why Ka is a better solution of aircraft than Ku.

LAN and TAM, member airlines of LATAM Airlines Group, are the first in South America to develop and deliver, for pilots and flight crew, a tablet with applications specially designed to facilitate, optimize and improve both the management of operational information during each flight and the flight service.  Some 3,000 tablets are being deployed. Continue reading

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