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 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.

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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.

    David

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