Aeromexico to launch onboard wi-fi in second half of 2014

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Aeromexico will launch satellite internet services from Gogo and Inmarsat on at least 75 aircraft in the second half of 2014.

The carrier will equip its Boeing 737 fleet with Gogo’s high-speed Ku-band satellite wi-fi.

On its smaller Embraer regional jets, Aeromexico will provide Inmarsat’s slower SwiftBroadband connectivity, which will also be provided through Gogo.

In addition to connectivity, Aeromexico passengers on wi-fi equipped flights will also be able to stream movies and television shows to their portable electronic devices.

"As the airline that connects Mexico and Mexico with the world, we look forward to being the first Mexican carrier and the first in Latin America to offer our passengers in-flight wi-fi via Gogo, the leader in this space," says Aeromexico's chief executive Andrés Conesa. "By adding connectivity and Gogo Vision, we are continuing to bring our clients a world class service and fulfilling our vision of bringing people closer together, whether literally or virtually."

The connectivity provider says it is working on the Ku-band certification for the 737 aircraft type. American Airlines outlined plans earlier this year to install the Ku-band offering on its 737-800 and Airbus narrowbodies.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines was the first carrier to receive a supplemental type certificate for Gogo’s Ku-band service and is conducting tests of the equipment.