Gogo has outfitted 25 aircraft from Delta Air Lines, US Airways and Virgin America with its ATG-4 inflight wi-fi technology, says the Illinois-based connectivity provider.
"We monitor the performance of all of our flights and we are seeing that ATG-4 is performing as expected," says Michael Small, Gogo president and chief executive in an interview with Flightglobal.
The ATG-4 technology can provide peak speeds of up to 9.8 Mbps - three times faster than the peak speed of 3.1 Mbps that Gogo's standard Air to Ground (ATG) technology affords airlines.
About 60 passengers can use ATG-4 at once without experiencing a degradation of performance, Small says. The exact number may vary depending on how each customer is using the service.
The Illinois-based connectivity provider plans to install ATG-4 on "hundreds" of aircraft by the end of 2013.
Gogo revealed the faster wi-fi technology in September 2011 with launch customer Virgin America, which was the first operator to install the system on an aircraft. The airline will roll out the service on its fleet in the coming months.
US Airways told Flightglobal in September that it would start ramping up installations in early October, allotting three drop-in maintenance lines for the installations. United will also install the equipment on its transcontinental Boeing 757 Premium Service fleet beginning in early 2013.
Modifications of the ATG-4 system can be done overnight in many cases for aircraft that have already been outfitted with ATG. New hardware like directional antennas and dual modems combined with the evolution-data optimized (EV-DO) revision B technology translates into increased speeds and improved performance.