Aeromexico reduces Gogo order but upgrades to ‘2Ku’

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Gogo and Aeromexico have signed a modified agreement that reduces to 58 the number of aircraft to initially receive Gogo’s inflight connection products.

Those aircraft, which include Aeromexico Boeing 737s and Embraer regional jets, will get Gogo’s satellite-based connectivity product and its video-streaming product, called Gogo Vision.

But the agreement, announced 26 August, also calls for at least 20 of those aircraft — all 737s — to get Gogo’s next-generation “2Ku” product, says Itasca, Illinois-based Gogo.

The services will be active on Aeromexico aircraft by the fourth quarter of 2015, the company says.

2Ku will initially have peak data transfer speeds of more than 70 Mbps, but speeds will increase to more than 100 Mbps when the system begins communicating with “next-generation satellites”, says Gogo.

“2Ku’s performance benefits will be even more dramatic in the tropical regions of the globe where the performance of other satellite solutions degrade significantly due to restrictions associated with operating at high skew angles,” the company says.

The “definitive agreement” modifies an earlier agreement, announced in December 2013, that called for Gogo’s products to be installed on at least 78 Aeromexico aircraft.

Gogo said at the time that the services would be active by the second half of this year.

Gogo now tells Flightglobal that the delay is due to the 2Ku system, which will not be online until 2015.