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Article from BTNews 9 MAY 2016

Wi-fi roll-out for BA

British Airways will start rolling out high-speed in-flight wi-fi on its long-haul flights over the next three 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 Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Fifteen Iberia and four Aer Lingus aircraft will also be connected. BA’s B777 fleet has not been mentioned.

Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity promises “consistent, uninterrupted coverage nearly anywhere in the world, including over oceans”, with more than 20 times the bandwidth of Gogo’s previous system, allowing passengers to stream videos.

Michael Small, Gogo’s president & CEO, said: “2Ku is delivering a ground-like performance to aircraft around the world. 

“One of its benefits is that it’s built on an open architecture and can leverage numerous Ku satellites today and new advancements in the Ku-band coming online later. 

“This means the technology will get even better over time and provide passengers with superior connectivity now and in future.”

The first 2Ku-equipped BA aircraft is scheduled to enter service early next year, and all 137 IAG aircraft should be connected by 2019.  www.britishairways.com   www.gogoair.com

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