Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) has announced it will lower the altitude at which passengers can begin using its connectivity services to 3,000 feet above ground level (AGL) from 10,000 feet (AGL), delivering up to 15-20 minutes of additional connectivity on many flights, the company said.
The service will be available on business aviation aircraft equipped with AVANCE L5 or L3 systems, and on commercial aviation regional jets equipped with Gogo ATG-4 and ACPU2 technology.
The lower service altitude will enable aircraft that fly shorter flights and spend little to no time above 10,000 feet the opportunity to take advantage of in-flight connectivity for the majority of their flights. Approximately 25% of flights by Gogo equipped regional jets have durations under 60 minutes.
Gogo will begin a phased process to enable service at 3,000 feet through ground-system configuration and remote software updates — all without requiring any onboard manual intervention. Gogo will offer the additional service time with no additional fees.
Gogo is an Inflight Internet Company that provides broadband connectivity products and services for aviation.