December 17 2014  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Virgin America complete Gogo ATG-4 WiFi rollout

By Rick Lundstrom


 

Virgin America announced today the fleetwide rollout of Gogo’s faster ATG-4 WiFi service

The airline completed this week the ATG-4 WiFi installation on its A319 aircraft Jane (N526VA). ATG-4 offers peak speeds of 9.8 Mbps to each aircraft – more than triple the peak speed of the 3.1 Mbps available with the first generation of inflight WiFi. To help celebrate this milestone, Virgin America and Gogo are asking passengers to share their best “office in the sky” moment on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #OfficeInTheSky for a chance to win a round trip Main Cabin flight for two on Virgin America, a new iPad or complimentary Gogo Inflight WiFi service for one year.

“Even though Virgin America was the first airline to offer fleetwide WiFi in 2009 – and still today remains the only domestic airline to offer WiFi access on every aircraft in its fleet – our goal is to continue to innovate and stay ahead of the competition,” said Mark Bianchi, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Virgin America in today’s announcement.

“Virgin America remains on the cutting edge of offering the best experiences to its passengers and we are excited to continue to work with them on creating a better WiFi experience,” said Dave Bijur, Gogo’s regional president. “ATG-4 has had a significant impact on the market and we continue to see positive results from this newer technology.”

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

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