Vietnam Airlines to provide in-flight Internet

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 15:38

National carrier Vietnam Airlines is expected to provide in-flight connectivity services on its new Boeing 787 and  Airbus A350 aircraft in the second half of 2015. — Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Global aero communications service provider Gogo has announced that it will provide in-flight connectivity services on new Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 aircraft of the national carrier Vietnam Airlines.

The planes will have a mix of Inmarsat's new GX Aviation Ka-band service and their SwiftBroadband connectivity. At the moment, the parties are negotiating a definite agreement, with the service expected to be launched in the second half of 2015.

"Gogo continues to gain momentum with the global expansion of our connectivity service. This partnership with Vietnam Airlines will mark many firsts for Gogo, notably the first airline commitment to Inmarsat's GX Aviation broadband connectivity and Gogo's first Airbus A350 aircraft and Boeing 787 service commitment," said Gogo's president and CEO Michael Small. "We look forward to working with Vietnam Airlines and our other partners to provide a unique in-flight experience for their passengers."

President of Inmarsat Aviation Leo Mondale said that GX Aviation is gathering momentum fast. "The first satellite is in operation and the other two satellites are awaiting launch to support a global commercial service expected at the end of June 2015," he said.

Mondale expressed his excitement over signing contracts with Vietnam Airlines "who are expanding rapidly in the Asian market."

Gogo, founded by Jimmy Ray, is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois. It offers in-flight Internet, entertainment, text messaging, voice and other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets. More than 2,000 commercial aircraft of more than 10 major airlines have been equipped with Gogo services.

Inmarsat, established in 1979 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), provides voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with services that can be used on land, sea and in the air. — VNS

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