March 22, 2016 – Air Canada has announced that it will soon offer super-fast satellite connectivity on international flights. Air Canada already offers customers in-flight wi-fi connectivity across its entire fleet of narrow-body aircraft in North America, and beginning this Fall, the service will be extended to flyers on its wide-body fleet.
Air Canada has signed an agreement with Gogo that will see dual-antenna 2Ku satellite technology installed on its wide-body fleet, commencing with its fleet of 25 Boeing 777s. 2Ku leverages Intelsat and SES Ku-band satellites, and Gogo claims antenna speeds of up to 70Mbps. 2Ku is a finalist in this year’s Crystal Cabin Awards, in the ‘Electronic Systems’ category.
Benjamin Smith, president, passenger airlines at Air Canada stated, “While business travelers will welcome the satellite wi-fi service as a productivity tool, it will have widespread appeal for all travelers by allowing them to stay in touch, access the internet and enjoy additional entertainment options throughout their entire journey.”
Below: The 2Ku antenna, here being installed to Gogo’s own B737 test aircraft