Delta is increasing its commitment to 2Ku, Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi technology, by at least 350 aircraft. This brings Delta’s total 2Ku commitment to more than 600 aircraft in its mainline fleet. Deploying 2Ku will offer customers faster speeds and bandwidth more than 20 times that of Gogo’s ATG technology, allowing for video streaming functionality.
The 2Ku installation has already started on Delta’s 737-800 and A319 fleets, and additional aircraft will be retrofitted with the new system. By the end of 2016, Delta will operate more than 35 aircraft with 2Ku, which offers reduced antennae drag and fuel burn compared to other Wi-Fi systems. Delta has completed installation of Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on nearly all of its wide-body international fleet – including 747, 767, 777 and A330 aircraft as well as 757 aircraft operating on long-haul routes – and will be 100% complete by September 2016. 2Ku service will be offered on A330-900Neo and A350-900 aircraft when they enter Delta’s fleet in 2019 and 2017, respectively. Delta operates the largest Wi-Fi equipped fleet worldwide.
Today more good news. IAG, owner of British Airways and Iberia, has also selected GoGo’s @ku system for their fleet. That fleet is 118 aircraft and the cost more than £30m. Of course, now that BA will have this service, how far behind will Virgin Atlantic be? After all, Delta owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic.
It has been an excellent week for GoGo.
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