After a wonderful week in aviation friendly Hamburg, the show teams from Gogo are all back home. On behalf of us, we’d like to thank everyone who came to visit Gogo during Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017. The show was a huge success, with over 18,000 attendees from all across the global aviation industry. During the three days of the show, we had several major announcements, and in this article, we’ll recap what made the news for us at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2017.
Airbus High Bandwidth Connectivity program
One of the biggest pieces of news during the entire event was the announcement that Gogo has been selected by Airbus as a lead supplier for their High Bandwidth Connectivity (HBC) program. What this means to our company is factory line-fit installation of our 2Ku global satellite solution on Airbus A320 Family, A330, and A380 aircraft. Being part of the HBC program means airlines can place future aircraft orders with Airbus and have our 2Ku technology installed at the factory on all major fleet types. Those aircraft are then delivered with 2Ku already installed and ready for service on day one instead of taking delivery of their new plane, and having to send it away for installation.
The news made the front page of the daily show magazine, featuring Blane Boynton, our VP of network solutions.
SES and Gogo announce capacity deal
On day 2, we announced a new satellite capacity deal with our partner SES. This additional capacity is needed to meet the growing demand for high-speed in-flight connectivity services on travel routes over the U.S. and Canada. The new contracts include capacity on 12 additional Ku-band transponders, as well as supporting ground infrastructure.
With these latest agreements, we now have signed important capacity deals across 11 SES satellites around the world, including significant long-term agreements for Ku-band high throughput (HTS) capacity onboard two SES satellites (SES-14 and SES-15) scheduled for launch this year.
Kontron selected by Gogo for 2Ku MODMAN
Our third and final day saw the release of the news that we have selected avionics expert Kontron to develop our newest 2Ku MODMAN (modem manager). This new MODMAN is based on the Taurus Ku-Band Modem from Gilat Satellite Networks and leverages the Kontron ACE Flight Server The MODMAN will support the simultaneous Inflight Connectivity and IPTV to users of the Gogo 2Ku system. Additionally, the new MODMAN from Kontron adheres to the ARINC 791 standard which means it is an integral part of our linefit process (as mentioned above).
Virgin Australia launch toast
During the show, we also took advantage of the event to celebrate our new partnership with Virgin Australia by toasting with their team and the Gogo team members who were involved in signing this newest partner airline. Virgin Australia currently has one plane outfitted with our 2Ku technology, and is actively testing the service. These tests include streaming music and video off Netflix, Pandora and local entertainment service Stan. We’re thrilled to welcome Virgin Australia to our service, and excited to bring 2Ku to the traveling public in this region.
This photo is of the first Virgin Australia plane outfitted with Gogo 2Ku. The plane is currently in service flying around Australia, and Gogo engineers are working hard to make sure it performs. Passengers lucky enough to fly this plane may be able to get online taking advantage of the incredible speeds offered by our 2Ku technology.