Gogo names Delta first international connectivity partner

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Published: July 7, 2012

On the heels of several Gogo announcements regarding its deployment of a Ku-band satellite solution for international connectivity services, Delta Air Lines (DL) has announced it will begin offering the service on its long-haul international fleet of over 150 aircraft beginning in early 2013. The air-to-ground Gogo inflight Internet service is already equipped on its entire fleet of 550 domestic mainline aircraft.

Gogo last month announced a strategic MOU with global satellite operator SES for Ku-band satellite internet access ( ATW Daily News, June 29 ), following an agreement with AeroSat for the satellite antenna, radome, antenna control and modem unit and high power transceiver ( ATW Daily News, May 24 ).

Once completely outfitted in 2015, DL expects to operate approximately 1,000 Wi-Fi equipped aircraft worldwide. More than 800 DL aircraft—including all DL Connection two-class regional jets—are equipped with the service, accounting for more than 3,000 flights daily.

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