The Cathay Pacific Group has announced it will introduce Gogo high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for in-flight connectivity. This follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft, according to the company.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be the first in the group to adopt Gogo’s 2Ku satellite-based broadband IFC technology. The high-speed service will allow customers to check emails, browse the web, access their social networks and shop online using their Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.
“We envisage that by 2020, all of our wide-body aircraft will have in-flight connectivity capabilities. This will open up a wealth of opportunities for us to provide more innovative experiences for our customers,” said Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo.
Last month, LATAM Airlines Brazil announced it had selected Gogo’s 2Ku equipment for 100 Airbus A320s. That connectivity service is set to begin in the first half of next year. The technology’s rollout is set for the first half of 2019.
This article was originally published by Via Satellite, an Avionics sister publication. It has been edited.