British Airways will start rolling out high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi on its long-haul flights in the coming years.
International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of BA, Iberia and Aer Lingus, has signed an agreement with Gogo to deploy its 2Ku technology on 137 long-haul aircraft.
Of this total, 118 will be operated by BA, including its Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Fifteen Iberia and four Aer Lingus aircraft will also be connected.
Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity promises “consistent, uninterrupted coverage nearly anywhere in the world, including over oceans”. It offers more than 20 times the bandwidth of Gogo’s previous system, allowing passengers to stream videos.
“We are delighted to bring Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology to three of the most iconic brands in commercial aviation,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president & CEO.
“2Ku is delivering a ground-like performance to aircraft flying around the world today. But one of the many benefits of 2Ku is that it’s built on an open architecture and can leverage numerous Ku satellites around the world today and new advancements in the Ku-band coming online in the future. This means the technology will get even better over time and will provide passengers with a superior connectivity experience now and in the future.”
The first 2Ku-equipped BA aircraft is scheduled to enter service early next year, and all 137 IAG aircraft are expected to be connected by 2019.