Gogo cites broadband gains for IFC
May 16, 2023
By Chris Forrester
In-Flight Communications specialists Gogo Business Aviation says that access to OneWeb’s now complete Low Earth orbiting satellites as well as “significant” progress by Hughes Network Systems and its satellites and antennas represents considerable momentum for its own broadband services to aircraft.
Gogo says itself and its antenna provider, Hughes, completed preliminary design review of Gogo’s exclusive electronically steerable antenna (ESA) assembly in February, bringing Gogo one step closer to realising its vision of delivering an order-of-magnitude improvement in inflight connectivity performance for all sizes of aircraft around the globe, many of which have no viable broadband solution today.
“Because we have strong partners in OneWeb and Hughes we’re ahead of schedule, and we continue to make tremendous progress on the development of the system components,” said Sergio Aguirre, Gogo’s president /COO. “Gogo’s global broadband service will deliver best-in-class global performance that is faster, smaller, more affordable, and easier to install than other global satellite solutions.”
Gogo says that customers interested in harnessing the power of Gogo’s LEO and ESA technology can pre-provision their aircraft now by installing an AVANCE system, and once Gogo global broadband launches, will only need to add the antenna.
“With Gogo’s already extensive portfolio of products and services, unparalleled industry expertise and global customer service, the commercial launch of Gogo’s LEO solution will complete the company’s holistic offering with a product to serve every segment and every customer of the business aviation market, including the almost 30,000 business jets worldwide flying without broadband connectivity today,” says the company.
Gogo is the world’s largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customisable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo’s products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilised by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.
As of March 31st, Gogo reported 3,447 business aircraft flying with Gogo’s AVANCE L5 or L3 system installed, 7,046 aircraft flying with its ATG systems onboard, and 4,485 aircraft with narrowband satellite connectivity installed.