Gogo to provide worldwide, in-air connectivity through Inmarsat's GX Ka-band satellite solution
Dec 20, 2012
ITASCA, Ill., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo and Inmarsat have signed an agreement that sees Gogo become a value added reseller for Global Xpress® (GX) in the Commercial Air Transport market. The world's first global Ka-band network will be provided through a constellation of three satellites and GX is scheduled to deliver full global coverage by late 2014.
Through GX, Gogo will offer improved capacity, global coverage and significant cost advantages to its commercial airline customers. Optimized for mobile users, including the global aero market, GX will deliver download speeds of up to 50 megabits per second, powering in-flight solutions, affording a superior user experience for passengers and crew.
"We strongly believe Global Xpress will be the first scalable, global solution optimized for the aero market," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "Inmarsat has assembled a great team and we are confident in the execution plan we've put in place. With the addition of Inmarsat's Ka-band service, Gogo has the ability to provide the most complete range of solutions, which enable us to service the full-fleet needs of our current and future airline partners; regardless of aircraft size, mission or location."
"Gogo is a leader in in-flight connectivity, serving major commercial airlines across the world and we are delighted to have them as value added resellers for Global Xpress," said Leo Mondale, Managing Director of Inmarsat GX. "Global Xpress has been designed from the bottom up to meet the requirements of the commercial airline market and will offer a future-proof option with ample broadband capacity for growth. This will support adoption of superior connectivity solutions across entire airline fleets."
Gogo is fast becoming everyone's favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using the Gogo exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 1,700 commercial aircraft including all of Delta’s domestic mainline and two class regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways flights.
Back on the ground, Gogo's 500+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and London are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT) is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,500 staff in more than 40 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. The company's services are delivered through a global network of more than 400 distribution partners and service providers operating in 100 countries. For the year ended 31st December 2011, Inmarsat plc had total revenue of US$1,409m and an EBITDA of US$854m. For the six months ended 30 June 2012, Inmarsat Plc had total revenue of US$684m and an EBITDA of US$381m. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.Inmarsat.com
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