Republic to announce deal for Gogo tomorrow

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.

Key par:

“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

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.

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3 Responses to Republic to announce deal for Gogo tomorrow

  1. Yossarian April 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    You’re welcome ;-)

  2. Mary Kirby April 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    I’ve got an ice cream with your name on it :) Thank you!!

  3. David Parker Brown April 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    I don’t like it when the same airline doesn’t offer consistent services. I am willing to pay more for a flight if I KNOW it has wi-fi or TV. But I am not going to pay more for a crap shoot chance of getting it.

    I always feel slighted when someone pays the same price for the same flight and they get better IFE and I get nothing. (sorry happened recently to me :) ).

    It works better for the brand too, having a consistent service that passengers know they will receive on each and every flight.


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