• Panasonic satellite system covers 99.6 per cent of all global airline routes

Calgary | February 14, 2014/CNW/– 

WestJet announced today it has signed a multi- year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation to provide the airline with a new inflight entertainment system with the ability to feature wireless satellite internet connectivity, live streaming television, on-demand movies, magazines and more.

Guests will be able to use their own personal electronic device (PED) or laptop computer to receive live and stored content streamed wirelessly from a server on board each WestJet Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. Airtime packages will also be available to surf the internet, access email or plan a vacation on westjet.com. Tablets will be available for those guests not travelling with a device.

“We are very excited to take the next step in the evolution of our inflight entertainment system,” said Marshall Wilmot, WestJet Vice-President, Product and Distribution. “We were proud to be the first Canadian airline to offer live television on board our aircraft beginning in 2004, and today we are announcing a completely new system designed to offer WestJet guests a broader selection of entertainment options than ever before.”

The addition of WiFi is a strategic step forward to enable guests, especially business travellers, to make their time in the air as productive as possible. “We know that roughly 75 per cent of our guests are bringing their own devices on board today,” said Marshall Wilmot. “They tell us they want the opportunity to connect to check their email, put the finishing touches on a presentation or keep in touch with family and friends. Our continually improving schedule and network, now combined with wireless connectivity, along with our WestJet Rewards program and our Plus package with more space to work and additional amenities is part of our ongoing effort to enhance our value proposition for business travellers.”

WestJet will also install USB/110 volt power outlets in new, slimmer seats on its aircraft to enable guests to charge their devices or keep them charged while using the entertainment system. And, with a mix of free and paid content, the new system offers the airline additional ancillary revenue opportunities.

There are currently 275 airlines around the world using a Panasonic inflight entertainment system. Panasonic will install the system on one WestJet Boeing Next Generation aircraft before the end of 2014 at which time the airline will perform tests to fine-tune the system. When installed on WestJet’s fleet over the next several years, guests will be able to access live television, movies, magazines and the internet

throughout North America, the Caribbean and Central America, Europe, as well as future WestJet destinations.


ITASCA, ILL.| January 30, 2014– Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the world leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, announced today that it will add Gogo Vision to Japan Airlines’ (JAL) entire domestic fleet.  Gogo recently announced a partnership with JAL to provide in-flight Internet on the same fleet.

Gogo Vision is Gogo’s wireless in-flight entertainment service that allows passengers to rent movies and television shows and stream them to their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops or tablets.  The new service, as well as Internet connectivity, is expected to be available to JAL passengers beginning in the summer of 2014.

“Gogo Vision is a natural add-on service to Gogo’s connectivity product as it adds very limited incremental costs to the airline once the connectivity service is in place,” saidNiels Steenstrup, Gogo’s senior vice president, global airline sales.  “Gogo Vision becomes an extremely low cost way for airlines to offer a robust in-flight entertainment solution to its passengers that they can then stream to their own Wi-Fi enabled devices.”

The Gogo Vision platform will contain Japanese produced content as well as JAL original content.

“Adding Gogo Vision to our fleet is just another way for us to bring passengers a unique and completely refreshing onboard experience,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, JAL’s president.  “JAL passengers will be able to use the Internet to stay connected and productive and Gogo Vision will help keep them entertained.”

Geneva, Switzerland, 26 May 2011 – With inflight connectivity now commonplace on business and VIP aircraft, OnAir and TriaGnoSys have today launched the most lightweight and complete turnkey solution for business jets. It enables passengers to use their mobile devices and laptops for calls, text messages, emailing and Internet browsing, as they do on the ground.

OnAir is the telecoms services provider, with TriaGnoSys providing the hardware and software elements for both the aircraft and the ground. Importantly, the airborne equipment consists of two small, lightweight units,that connect to the aircraft’s existing satellite communications system.

Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir, said, “Given how much business people use their mobile phones, it isn’t surprising they want stay in touch when they are flying, and that is particularly true of business and VIP passengers. We are therefore making it very simple for operators of business jets to provide inflight connectivity services. It is also very simple for passengers: just make a call, send a text message or look at email as you do on the ground.”

Mobile phone usage is treated in the same way as international roaming, meaning all costs are charged by the passenger’s mobile operator in their regular bill. Therefore, the aircraft operator is not responsible for the administration of accounting for the costs. The service works in exactly the same way as international roaming, with the charges included by each individual passenger’s mobile operator in their regular mobile phone bill. That simplicity makes it convenient for both passengers and aircraft operators.

Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys, said, “Not only is the airborne equipment the lightest ever designed for business jets to support such comprehensive services, it is also straightforward to install. The components are simply connected by Ethernet to the satellite link. They do not require specific cooling and their small size and weight means they do not impinge on cabin space.”

The first commercial deployment will be over the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service, but the solution can operate over any IP backhaul communications link, whether satellite-based or not.

OnAir and TriaGnoSys already work together to provide inflight connectivity for commercial airlines and maritime communications.

Hamburg, Aircraft Interiors Expo, April 5, 2011 — OnAir’s combined GSM and inflight Internet services have proven after a successful first year of operation that SwiftBroadband provides more than enough capacity to meet passenger needs.

The combined Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services, first launched by Oman Air in March 2010, are also operating on Saudi Arabian Airlines and Egyptair. They allow airline passengers to use their mobile devices in the same way as international roaming or to tap into an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.

“We are seeing that people communicate during flights in exactly the same way as when they are on a train, in a taxi or at the airport,” said Ian Dawkins, Chief Executive Officer of OnAir. Of passengers accessing the service, 95 percent use the GSM service options rather than logging into the hotspot, our survey shows.

“Passengers predominantly use their mobile devices for calls, text messaging and email, as well as mobile data. More than half of the passengers who bought inflight Internet access used their tablet or smart phone, rather than a laptop, showing that people like the convenience of using their own, familiar, handheld devices.”

“We are all becoming more and more dependent on our mobile phones so it is natural that people want to continue using them during flights,” Dawkins said. “The OnAir GSM services couldn’t be more straightforward: just turn your phone on and use it.” There is no need to enter credit card details because the costs are billed by the passenger’s mobile operator in the regular bill.

When passengers have bought access to the inflight Internet, bandwidth consumption has typically been light, mirroring the way that people communicate on the ground when roaming. Of the top 20 websites accessed over OnAir’s inflight Internet service, Facebook is number one with nearly 40% of all usage. To put that into perspective, the second-ranked website is Google, with only 10%.

OnAir’s combined GSM and inflight Internet services are in operation with Oman Air, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Egypt Air and will be launched with Singapore Airlines, Aeroflot and Libyan Airlines later this year.

With Gogo® & Gogo Biz™ Already Adopted as the Internet Service of Choice for Thousands of Aircraft, Inflight Internet Services are Helping Companies Stay Productive in a Recovering World Economy

ATLANTA, GA [NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention] – October 18, 2010– Aircell, the world’s leading provider of inflight connectivity, is at the NBAA convention this week highlighting the role being played by the new generation of inflight Internet services as companies look to boost corporate productivity and efficiency in today’s economy.

The past two years have seen a meteoric rise in adoption for Aircell’s Gogo Biz and Gogo Inflight Internet services.

Before Aircell launched Gogo in mid-2008, there were an estimated 200 business and airline aircraft – worldwide – equipped with a true high speed Internet connection.

Today, after just over a year in the business aviation market, shipments & orders for Gogo Biz are already approaching 1,000 units.
In the airline market, Gogo is now flying on more than 1,000 aircraft. Eight airlines currently offer the service on more than 3,800 daily flights, with more aircraft being equipped on a daily basis.

“Inflight Internet is a prime example of what companies are doing to counter the effects of the current economy,” said John Wade, Aircell’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “With corporate investment still being curtailed in many areas, the rapid adoption of these services speaks directly to the value companies place on keeping their employees connected and productive while they fly,” he concluded.

The benefits of a full-speed Internet connection are being embraced by all segments of the business aviation industry.

In August this year, XOJET became the first operator in the charter industry to offer Gogo Biz on every aircraft in its fleet. “Saying that Gogo Biz has been a huge hit would be an understatement,” according to XOJET CEO Blair LaCorte. “Our entire fleet is now fully wireless-enabled, which differentiates us from other operators. Our business customers count on the service on every flight and now view it as essential. Once they fly with it, they never want to be without it.”

Several business aircraft manufacturers are now offering Gogo Biz service from the factory. The affordability and small size of Gogo Biz equipment have enabled Cessna Aircraft Company to offer inflight connectivity on its midsize jets since earlier this year. Roger Whyte, Cessna’s senior vice president of Sales & Marketing, said, “Connectivity has become a highly desirable service, and it is quickly becoming commonplace aboard business aircraft.”

Nextant Aerospace selected Gogo Biz for its 400XT aircraft modernization program, which is bringing greater efficiency and performance to the original Beechjet 400A/XP aircraft. Jim Miller, President of Nextant Aerospace, said, “By incorporating all the latest technologies, we’re making the 400XT a state-of-the-art aircraft in every respect. Naturally, that includes connectivity. Gogo Biz is the only service in aviation that offers a true high speed Internet experience with equipment small and affordable enough for a light jet.”

Many of the largest fractional ownership providers are in the process of installing Gogo Biz. “Inflight Internet is a highly-requested service and people appreciate being able to use their own laptops and PDA’s to do virtually everything they do at home or in their office,” said Fred Reid, President of Flexjet. “It’s a small price to pay for the return it gives our customers in productivity, efficiency and convenience.”

For the business aviation market, Aircell is offering two Gogo Biz equipment packages:

ATG 5000. Provides Gogo Biz inflight Internet service on a standalone basis.
ATG 4000 with Aircell Axxess. Provides Gogo Biz inflight Internet service, along with multiple channels of Iridium Satellite service for global voice and narrowband data service.
Gogo Biz monthly service plans start as low as $395/month.

Through its diverse line of airborne communications products, Aircell offers one of the business aviation industry’s largest selections of network services. These services span multiple technologies, including air-to-ground, low-earth orbit satellite and geostationary satellite.

Partners with Aircell for Gogo Internet Service on Embraer Fleet

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: RJET), is pleased to announce it’s taking the inflight customer experience to another level with the addition of Gogo® inflight internet service on its Embraer fleet. Frontier plans to have the service installed on its fleet of 32 E170 and E190 aircraft by the end of 2010.

“Our customers have told us how important inflight entertainment and connectivity is in their travel experience,” said Executive Vice President and COO Wayne Heller. “We look forward to providing our customers with internet service at 35,000 feet and are thrilled to have Aircell as a partner in this effort.”

Gogo internet access will be available for purchase starting at $4.95, based on length of flight and type of device used to access Gogo. Once connected, customers can use Gogo to check e-mail, log into a corporate VPN, watch their favorite Frontier commercials and more!

“We pride ourselves in providing our guests with a comfortable and enjoyable inflight experience,” said Vice President of Marketing and Branding Ian Arthur. “Each of these amenities, combined with our unmatched customer service, truly provides a differentiated and better experience. We always have an ear to our customers’ needs and will continue to develop an airline that meets and exceeds those expectations.”

“We are very excited to partner with Republic Airways and further enhance the inflight entertainment options available on Frontier Airlines,” said Michael Small, Aircell’s President and CEO. “We both share a common focus of service excellence and adding Gogo is simply the latest example of advancing that goal.”

Frontier currently offers 24 channels of DIRECTV® service and first-run pay-per-view movies onboard its fleet of 52 Airbus aircraft. While the Gogo inflight internet service will be installed on the Embraer fleet in 2010, the carrier will continue to research inflight connectivity options to further enhance the Frontier travel experience.