ITASCA, Ill., 16 Oct. 2014. United Airlines officials chose Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO), a global aero communications service provider, to bring in-flight Internet service to the airline’s two-cabin regional jet fleet.
Installation of wi-fi services, which will involve more than 200 aircraft, is expected to begin later this year. The United Express aircraft will be the first regional jets in the United States to be outfitted with Gogo's ATG-4, which more than triples the peak speeds to an aircraft when compared to Gogo's original ATG service that launched in 2008, officials explain.
United and Gogo have agreed to partner on offering in-flight entertainment (IFE) on two-cabin regional jets, beginning early next year, enabling passengers to watch movies and television shows on their wi-fi-enabled devices.
"United has been a great partner of ours and we are excited to extend our in-flight Internet service to a large part of their regional fleet," says Gogo President and CEO Michael Small. "We are also excited to bring their passengers personal device entertainment, as we have long believed that you need multiple technologies to service the needs of all aircraft types and each route that those aircraft fly."
Along with regional jet wi-fi and personal device entertainment, late next year, United plans to begin a trial of Gogo's 2Ku satellite wi-fi on five of the carrier's aircraft that operate its p.s. "Premium Service" between New York JFK and Los Angeles and New York JFK and San Francisco. These aircraft currently offer Gogo's ATG-4 product.
Gogo is a global aero-communications service provider that offers in-flight Internet, entertainment, text messaging, voice, and a host of other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets. Gogo has more than 2,000 commercial aircraft equipped with its services on more than 10 major airlines. More than 6,000 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer.
Gogo has more than 800 employees and is headquartered in Itasca, Ill., with additional facilities in Broomfield, Colo., and various locations overseas.