Alaska Airlines Selects Gogo’s 2Ku for Entire Fleet
News from Gogo Concourse …
Alaska Airlines has selected Gogo to provide next-generation satellite-based inflight Wi-Fi service across its entire Boeing and Airbus fleet. Gogo’s broadband 2Ku service, enabled by ThinKom’s ThinAir® Ku3030 provides the significantly faster connection speed needed to stream content from services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO while in the air. Utilizing this advanced technology, guests can use their devices in flight just as they would on the ground.
With 20 times more bandwidth, guests will be able to stream, chat, browse gate-to-gate virtually everywhere Alaska’s Boeing and Airbus mainline jets fly, including allowing guests to stay connected when traveling outside the continental U.S. to popular destinations like Hawaii, Mexico and Costa Rica, where connectivity was previously unavailable. Alaska will be revealing pricing for its planned satellite Wi-Fi service in the near future and guests can expect that prices will be lower than they are today for ATG service, with options available such as hourly and daily rates.
The Gogo 2Ku service will be installed on Alaska’s Boeing 737 aircraft beginning in the first half of 2018, with 40 to 50 planes expected to be completed by the end of the year. The remainder of Alaska and Virgin America’s mainline fleet will be fully satellite Wi-Fi equipped by early 2020.