UPDATE: Republic has just announced that Gogo will be brought to its Frontier Airlines’ E-Jets only, as it considers connectivity options for the A320s. See the latest blog post.
Republic Airways Holdings, the parent of Midwest and Frontier – which are being combined under the Frontier brand – tomorrow is expected to announce a deal with Aircell for Gogo equipage, reveals a source.
This is totally in line with comments made by Republic chief marketing officer Sean Menke, who in October said: “One thing we’re spending a lot of time on is connectivity.”
Separately, iPass has inked a deal with Aircell to offer Gogo as part of a new premium Wi-Fi service for mobile employees.
“Through the partnership with iPass, enterprise customers can enjoy accessing Gogo without changes to the mobile worker’s connectivity experience. Connecting is secure and seamless – with iPass, no need to set-up an additional account, enter credit card information or fill out an expense report. Cost mirrors Gogo’s pricing structure with in-flight Internet passes starting at $4.95.”
As part of the roll-out of the new service, iPass surveyed mobile employees, and received more than 2,400 responses. The survey uncovered “a resounding demand for in-flight Wi-Fi” with 63% saying it was critical for meeting business needs, especially on flights over one hour, says iPass. The full survey results are available at www3.ipass.com/about/news-room/mobile-workforce-report.
This is not the first time we’ve heard about a teaming of iPass and Aircell. The two firms first announced a roaming partnership agreement back in 2008.