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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Airbus to Retrofit A350 Fleets with Gogo’s 2Ku

Juliet Van Wagenen

Airbus A350
Airbus A350. Photo: Airbus

[Avionics Today 04-06-2016] Gogo has partnered with Airbus subsidiary Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC) to install its satellite-based 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution on a retrofit basis on new Airbus A350 aircraft.

Previously, only first-generation gimbaled antennas have been available for the A350. Under this new agreement, airlines may elect to add Gogo’s 2Ku system to the A350 on a retrofit basis with a factory-authorized installation from ACJC. Delta Air Lines will be the first customer for such installations and expects delivery of its first 2Ku-equipped A350 in 2017. Additionally, Delta will be the first U.S. airline to launch domestic 2Ku service as its first narrow-body aircraft takes flight later this month.

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