To use its own phraseology, Aircell is able to push out Gogo-equipped aircraft “like boxes of popcorn”. By the end of the year, the Chicago-headquartered firm will have retrofitted 1,067 aircraft with the in-flight Internet system, an increase of 372 aircraft over year-end 2009.
Below, you’ll find the latest number of aircraft fitted with Gogo at each airline. Note that Frontier Airlines will begin Gogo equipage on its Embraer E-Jets early next year (a little later than previously reported) and Delta intends to extend Gogo to its massive regional jet fleet (as expected).
This is all great news, but it’s a shame to see Air Canada’s installs stalled at just two aircraft. When will Aircell and the Canadian air-to-ground (ATG) license holder SkySurf get moving on bringing ATG-based in-flight connectivity to Canadian skies??? They said they were close to a deal back in March!
Here is the number of aircraft fitted with Gogo at each North American airline customer by year-end:
o AirTran Airways: 138
o Virgin America: 34
o Air Canada: 2
o Alaska Airlines: 85
o American Airlines: 190
o Delta Air Lines: 554
o United Airlines: 13
o US Airways: 51