April 25 2017  |  Inflight Entertainment

Gogo adds satellite capacity for North America and Pacific connectivity

By Rick Lundstrom

Gogo announced yesterday it has leased all available capacity on SES's AMC-4 satellite.

SES will move the satellite to a new orbital location to serve flights to, from and within the states of Alaska and Hawaii, flights along the west coast of the U.S. and over the Pacific Ocean.

Gogo said the new capacity deal would enhance in-flight connectivity services for key air travel routes over North America and the Pacific Ocean. 

"One of the great benefits of the Ku ecosystem is the on-demand flexibility it offers us. Gogo's scale and the scale of our satellite providers, with dozens of satellites in orbit, puts us in a unique position to deploy industry-leading capacity to any area of the globe," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO, in the April 24 announcement. "We're also unique in that the capacity we are deploying is dedicated to the aero market and not shared with ground subscribers, maritime or other markets."

SES has a global fleet of more than 50 GEO satellites in orbit, and will be launching five more satellites this year, three of which have massive throughput payloads.

"With the recent launch of the SES-10 satellite, SES will place AMC-4 in an orbital slot to meet the growing demand for Gogo's inflight connectivity services and allow us to further expand our alliance,” said Elias Zaccack, Senior Vice President of the Americas Region and Mobility Solutions at SES.

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