Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation, has announced that it has been selected by Alaska Airlines to install Gogo´s 2Ku inflight connectivity solution on its entire Boeing and Airbus fleet, the company said.
2Ku is the industry´s inflight connectivity solution and delivers an internet experience comparable to what guests have on the ground, including the ability to stream video from the most popular streaming video services. 2Ku also has global coverage, which means guests onboard Alaska aircraft will have service from gate-to-gate nearly everywhere these aircraft fly, including while traveling over the ocean to popular destinations like Hawaii, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
2Ku will give Alaska´s guests a seamless experience across their Boeing and Airbus fleet. Alaska will be disclosing pricing closer to service launch. Gogo´s 2Ku service will be installed on Alaska´s Boeing 737 aircraft beginning in the first half of 2018, with 40 to 50 planes expected to be completed by the end of the year. The remainder of Alaska and Virgin America´s mainline fleet will be fully satellite-equipped by early 2020.
In addition to installing 2Ku, Alaska also has announced that it will now offer free chat with Gogo Messaging Pass on flights operated by Virgin America — a benefit already available to guests flying on Alaska.
With Free Chat, guests flying with Virgin America can now use iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger on their smartphones to send greetings from 35,000 feet – for free. Alaska was the first US airline to offer a dedicated Free Chat service and, since its introduction, more than 1 million guests have used it to stayed connected on their Alaska flights.