Today, we are excited to announce that we have received the final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA required to launch our 2Ku next generation satellite connectivity service. The technology is currently installed on our 737-500 test plane and is now cleared for in-flight testing. We expect to launch commercial service of our 2Ku technology later this year.
“This is a significant milestone for Gogo and a seminal event for in-flight Internet,” said our chief technology officer, Anand Chari. “We believe this will be the best performing technology for the global commercial aviation market bar none. Clearing this regulatory hurdle brings us one step closer to enabling our airline partners and their passengers to enjoy the future of in-flight Internet.”
Seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a trial or fleet deployment of 2Ku covering more than 500 commercial aircraft. We expect to launch commercial service later this year and begin rapid installation of the backlog of 500 aircraft in 2016.
2Ku is expected to deliver peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft, which is more than 20 times the bandwidth provided by Gogo’s first generation Air to Ground solution in the U.S. More information about this technology can be found here. For more information on STCs, click here.