Gogo wins new airline operator for 5G
April 27, 2023
By Chris Forrester
In-flight connectivity specialist Gogo Business Aviation has struck a partnership agreement with Duncan Aviation which has a fleet of in-service Bombardier, Gulfstream and Citation aircraft.
Duncan Aviation is the largest privately owned business jet service provider in the world. In partnership with Gogo, it is actively developing several additional 5G Supplemental Type Certifications (STCs) for the Gogo 5G system and provisioning multiple models of popular business aircraft.
“The Duncan Aviation partnership on the active development of a comprehensive 5G STC portfolio is leading the industry as we prepare to launch 5G service later this year,” said Dave Salvador, VP/aftermarket channel for Gogo. “There is great anticipation in the market for 5G and the enhanced inflight connectivity experience it will deliver, and these STCs are a critical component.”
Operators who have Gogo’s AVANCE L5 equipment installed have the foundation required for an upgrade to Gogo 5G, and Gogo is offering significant savings – up to $100,000 in rebates – through the company’s First To Fly promotion. Aircraft will receive 5G provisions and operate on Gogo’s 4G network until the X3 (5G) LRU is available for installation.
Gogo 5G has been designed to deliver high throughput with very low latency to address the increased demand in data-heavy services and applications in use today, such as video conferencing and social media, as well as emerging technologies in the future. The 5G chip passed a critical design review earlier this year, and Gogo remains on track to launch in the fourth quarter of 2023.
The Duncan Aviation STCs have been used for more than 265 installations of the AVANCE L5 system. Once the 5G STCs are complete, Duncan Aviation will perform the installations at its full-service facilities in Battle Creek, Mich., Lincoln, Neb., Provo, Utah, and many of the company’s 26+ other locations.
“We are excited to support business operators in their quest for continually improving their connectivity in flight,” says Nate Klenke, Duncan Aviation’s completions and modifications sales manager in Lincoln, Nebraska. “As an industry leader in the installation and certification of connectivity solutions and a long-time partner with Gogo, we are committed to developing solutions that allow customers to take full advantage of Gogo’s upgraded 5G network.”