Air Canada goes Gogo on narrowbody fleet, plans tech trials

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During May, Air Canada’s intends to equip its entire North American fleet with Gogo Air-To-Ground (ATG) and next generation ATG-4 technologies, which will make it the first Canadian airline to offer in-flight wi-fi connectivity to passengers flying over continental North America. Air Canada intends to equip 29 aircraft in 2014, with an overall targeted completion date of December 2015 for the designated 130 narrow-body aircraft, which include A319s, A320s, A321s and Embraer 190s, as well as its Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175 aircraft. Air Canada presently has two wi-fi-equipped Airbus 319s that are now operating in Canada and the USA.

The agreement also provides for future type-testing of Gogo satellite solutions for wi-fi on international flights. Trials of 2Ku and Global Xpress are expected to take place on select international aircraft in 2015.

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