Virgin Atlantic has vowed to be a little more tech-savvy these days and the start has been initiated by the company through the partnership with GoGo (NASDAQ: GOGO) in order to provide free internet service in the air.
The Airline is popular throughout the world and has a great following among the business as well as economic clients. By partnering with GoGo, the airline company is planning to provide free internet service in flights.
The statement has been issued by the company on Wednesday and with this, Virgin Atlantic has become the first European airline to shake hands with GoGo.
Virgin is eyeing on using the GoGo’s 2Ku system that is based on Google’s New Satellite. The speed that it will provide in the airline are expected to reach the levels of whopping 70 Mbps. The agreement is yet to be signed by the two companies and it will take time until the airline studs the GoGo’s 2Ku system in its airliners.
According to the reports, the service is expected to come into effect by the middle of the year 2015. The customer engagement director of Virgin Atlantic brand, Reuben Arnold has stated “We’re always looking at ways to enhance the on-board experience for our customers and expanding in-flight connectivity across our fleet is just one of the ways in which we are doing this, we were impressed with Gogo’s connectivity solution and look forward to all of our customers being able to enjoy this service whilst they fly.”
Until now, around 2,000 commercial airliners are equipped with similar technology that is spread through 10 main airline companies. For more than 6,000 business aircrafts, the company provides a similar service of free internet.
T-Mobile is also planning to provide internet coverage in the skies by partnering with GoGo. The T-Mobile customers will now be able to get internet retreat in the skies along with free of cost entertainment in the air. Although the customers would not be able to make any calls but they will not have to pay for these services to GoGo.
“Virgin Atlantic is on the cutting edge when it comes to delivering technology solutions to their passengers and we’re extremely excited to deliver the best connectivity solutions to keep their passengers connected anywhere they fly around the world. Virgin Atlantic’s relationship with Delta Air Lines will also allow us to build a seamless experience for passengers who fly both airlines.”
Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO
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