American to install Gogo ATG-4 and Ku on domestic fleet

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American Airlines plans to equip new domestic aircraft with Gogo's Ku-band satellite technology and ATG-4 starting this year, the airline tells Flightglobal.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier plans to receive the first Airbus A319 equipped with the two technologies in July. The aircraft is scheduled to enter service in August.

American plans to equip "all remaining domestic aircraft deliveries" after this with both ATG-4 and the Ku-band satellite offering, including new A319s, A321s and Boeing 737-800s.

The airline plans to start receiving a split order of 130 Airbus A319s and Airbus A321 aircraft this year and will continue to add Boeing 737-800s. The aircraft are replacing its aging fleet of Boeing 757-200s, 767-200s and Boeing MD-80s.

The new aircraft will fly on routes within the domestic USA, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and parts of Latin America, American says.

American has 405 aircraft installed with inflight wi-fi and plans connect 95% of the domestic fleet by the end of 2013. The operator says that it is also evaluating retrofits of ATG-4 on its in-service fleet.

Gogo unveiled its Ku-band satellite offering in June 2012 to complement its Air to Ground (ATG) coverage that spans across the continental United States. The connectivity provider will be using SES multi-beam satellites to provide the Ku-band coverage for American.

Gogo's ATG-4 is the next generation of its original ATG internet offering, which American started testing on Boeing 767-200s in 2008. The new ATG-4 technology provides peak speeds of up to 9.8 Mbps, or about three times faster than the 3.1 Mbps that the standard technology affords airlines.

American also offers Gogo Vision, an inflight entertainment system that uses an onboard server to stream inflight entertainment content to passengers' personal electronic devices. The airline announced in 2011 that it would expand the feature beyond its fleet of 15 Boeing 767-200 aircraft to about 400 aircraft.

In June, Delta was the first airline to announce a partnership with Gogo for the new Ku service. The airline plans to outfit more than 150 of its long-haul, international aircraft with the technology by 2015.