Virgin America completes ATG-4 wi-fi rollout


Following the final installation on an A319, Virgin America has completed the fleet-wide rollout of Gogo’s ATG-4 wi-fi service. ATG-4 is claimed to offer peak speeds of 9.8Mbps to each aircraft – more than triple the peak speed of the 3.1Mbps available with the first generation of inflight wi-fi.

“Even though Virgin America was the first airline to offer fleetwide wi-fi in 2009 – and still today remains the only domestic airline to offer wi-fi access on every aircraft in its fleet – our goal is to continue to innovate and stay ahead of the competition,” said Mark Bianchi, SVP of technical operations at Virgin America. “Our team looks forward to reaching the milestone of becoming the first airline to install Gogo’s enhanced ATG-4 service across our entire fleet of 53 Airbus A320 Family aircraft. This upgrade is the latest in a series of investments aimed at keeping our tech-forward travelers more connected, productive and entertained at 35,000 feet.”

Gogo’s ATG-4 technology has three core innovations: the addition of directional antennas and dual modems on each aircraft, and the deployment of EV-DO Rev B technology on Gogo’s airborne and ground networks. Utilizing directional antennas and dual modem technology, ATG-4 increases overall peak connection speeds and ensures a more reliable connection to every passenger on board who chooses to connect.

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