International Airlines Group (IAG) has selected Gogo’s 2Ku broadband connectivity for four Aer Lingus Boeing 757s, 118 British Airways (BA) aircraft and up to 15 Iberia long-haul aircraft.
“This state of the art technology will provide greater bandwidth, faster speed and broader coverage to our airlines’ customers. Global connectivity is something they demand and we are providing high-quality connections with innovative technology solutions to improve the travel experience,” IAG CEO Willie Walsh said.
IAG’s first 2Ku-equipped aircraft, a BA Boeing 747-400, will enter service early next year and Iberia and Aer Lingus will see their first A330-300 and 757 aircraft fitted with 2Ku later in 2017. The bulk of the installations are expected to be completed by 2019. By this time, 90% of IAG’s long-haul fleet will be fitted with connectivity.
BA will equip 12 Airbus A380-800s, 18 Boeing 747-400s, 12 777-300s, 46 777-200s and 30 787-8/9s. Meanwhile, Iberia will introduce connectivity on seven A340-600s—although this is still to be confirmed—and eight A330-300s. Four Aer Lingus 757-200s will also be connected. This is in addition to the existing Iberia and Aer Lingus’ A330 fleets which have Panasonic GCS connectivity.
IAG is the first European airline group to commit to 2Ku. Gogo said the system, which uses two low-profile Ku-band satellite antennas, is capable of delivering peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps.
Gogo has partnerships with 15 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft.
IAG is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue. Its fleet of 529 aircraft operate to 274 destinations, carrying nearly 95 million passengers each year.