International Airlines Group - the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia which was created by the merger of the two carriers in 2010 has partnered with Chicago-based aircraft communications firm Gogo to bring its ‘2Ku’ technology to 118 BA, four Aer Lingus B757s and up to 15 Iberia long-haul aircraft.
The first British Airways aircraft is expected to be in service early next year. The bulk of the installations are expected to be completed by 2019.
“We are delighted to bring Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology to three of the most iconic brands in commercial aviation,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO.
“2Ku is delivering a ground-like performance to aircraft flying around the world today. But one of the many benefits of 2Ku is that it’s built on an open architecture and can leverage numerous Ku satellites around the world today and new advancements in the Ku-band coming online in the future.
“This means the technology will get even better over time and will provide passengers with a superior connectivity experience now and in the future.”