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Gogo has stretched its reach south of the border with after signing an agreement with Brazilian low-cost carrier, GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, to install its new connectivity and LiveTV products on the whole of the airline’s fleet.
“This is a major win for Gogo and represents a number of firsts,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “GOL is Gogo’s first airline partner in South America and the first airline to commit to Gogo’s television product. It also represents the largest aircraft commitment to our 2Ku technology outside of North America.” The 2KU satellite service is Gogo’s fastest in-flight Wi-Fi product, which can deliver peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft, twenty times the bandwidth of the company’s first generation Air-to-Ground service.
“We believe that 2Ku will be the best performing technology in the global aero market,” Small says. “This performance is expected to be even better near the equator, where a large percentage of GOL’s aircraft operate.”
In addition to Gogo’s 2KU in-flight Wi-Fi, all of GOL’s aircraft will be outfitted with the company’s wireless in-flight entertainment system, Gogo Vision, and Gogo’s new IPTV solution – Gogo TV.
GOL is the largest low-cost carrier in Latin America, offering 910 daily flights to 72 destinations, including 16 international flights to in South America, the Caribbean and the United States. It has a fleet of 139 aircraft, a combination of Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 NextGen.
“For fourteen years, GOL has been driving the Brazilian aviation market to develop, always presenting innovative and pioneering products, services and processes,” said Paulo Miranda, Product Director of GOL. “By partnering with Gogo, we are taking that spirit of innovation to a new level and we look forward to enabling our passengers to stay connected, informed and entertained while in flight.”
Gogo expects its 2Ku connectivity services to fly on GOL starting mid-2016.