It’s slipped out – but it seems that Gogo will be helping Cathay Pacific in the air by providing them in-flight wireless Internet services.
Gogo will install its 2Ku product on the wide-bodied fleets, to cover Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s across both the Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon fleets. Currently on-board WiFi is available aboard the Airbus A350 fleet
And in case anyone has forgotten – here’s a 2Ku ray-dome exposed.
Paul Loo, Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer states
“Our goal is to allow our customers to be connected anytime and anywhere – and this agreement with Gogo is a huge step in enabling us to deliver this”
Gogo are happy with the sale of their services and equipment to Cathay – with Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO stating:
“We are excited to partner with Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to bring their guests a new onboard connectivity experience with 2Ku,”
“As a premier global airline group, and Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, Cathay passengers expect a premium experience, which 2Ku is delivering today with superior bandwidth, coverage and availability.”
It’s another big win for Gogo, who are collecting airlines and aircraft to install, with carriers such as British Airways, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia, Aeromexio and GOL.
Go live of 2Ku on the Cathay fleet will commence in mid-2018, with installations continuing for some time.
As we move to the connected traveller in the air, providing a stable and fast service is becoming critical as a selling point – and for those customers where connectivity is key when in the air, it’s a distinct selection point in travel.
As long as 2Ku can deliver both speed and availability in the air – this is a good thing for the customer.
And as for Gogo – having another blue chip carrier in its portfolio is never a bad thing.
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