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IAG partners with GOGO for next-gen inflight technology

International Airlines Group (IAG) has reached agreement with Gogo to provide high-speed inflight connectivity on longhaul flights using next generation satellite-based systems. IAG will be the first European airline group to use Gogo’s latest technology called “2Ku”.

In total, 118 British Airways, four Aer Lingus B757s and up to 15 Iberia longhaul aircraft will be fitted with 2Ku. This is in addition to the existing Iberia and Aer Lingus’ A330 fleets which have Panasonic GCS connectivity.

By early 2019, 90 per cent of IAG airlines’ longhaul fleet will be fitted with high quality connectivity. This will provide faster inflight Wi-Fi broadband access throughout the flight.

Gogo’s newest technology will offer customers improved capacity to stream videos from suppliers such as Netflix and Amazon. They will be able to use multiple devices at the same time and connection speeds, as well as bandwidth, will be similar to what they have at home.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “This state of the art technology will provide greater bandwidth, faster speed and broader coverage to our airlines’ customers. Global connectivity is something they demand and we are providing high-quality connections with innovative technology solutions to improve the travel experience.”

Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO said:  “We are delighted to bring Gogo’s industry leading 2Ku technology to three of the most iconic brands in commercial aviation. 2Ku is delivering a ground-like performance to aircraft flying around the world today.  But, one of the many benefits of our 2Ku technology 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 technology now and in the future.”

The first longhaul aircraft equipped with Gogo’s 2Ku inflight connectivity – a British Airways B747-400 - will be in service early next year. Iberia and Aer Lingus will see their first A330-300 and B757 aircraft fitted with 2Ku later in 2017.

In addition to providing faster access to web-based services, passengers will enjoy more entertainment options throughout their entire journey. In the future, inflight Wi-Fi will also transform the duty free experience allowing travellers to order from their phones and tablets and arrange for items purchased on board to be delivered to their homes.

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 Note to editors:
 Breakdown for each airline/type of longhaul aircraft:

                                                                                        

   Airline

Aircraft Type

Number of Aircraft

British Airways

Boeing 747-400

18

British Airways

Boeing 777-200

46

British Airways

Boeing 777-300

12

British Airways

Boeing 787-8

8

British Airways

Boeing 787-8/9

22

British Airways

Airbus A380-800

12

Iberia

Airbus A340-600

7*

Iberia

Airbus A330-300

8

Aer Lingus

Boeing 757-200

4

TOTAL

137

(*) subject to final confirmation

About Gogo:
With more than two decades of experience, Gogo is the leader in in-flight connectivity and wireless entertainment services for commercial and business fleets around the world. Gogo connects aircraft, providing its aviation partners with the world’s most powerful network and platform to help optimize their operations.  Gogo’s superior technologies, best-in-class service, and global reach help planes fly smarter, our aviation partners perform better, and their passengers travel happier.

 
Today, Gogo has partnerships with 15 commercial airlines and is installed on more than 2,500 commercial aircraft. More than 6,800 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer.  Gogo has more than 1,000 employees and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO, and various locations overseas. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com and business.gogoair.com

About IAG
International Airlines Group is one of the world's largest airline groups with 529 aircraft flying to 274 destinations and carrying almost 95 million passengers each year. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue.

Formed in January 2011, IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London Stock Exchange and Spanish Stock Exchanges. The corporate head office for IAG is in London, UK.

IAG combines leading airlines in Ireland, the UK and Spain, enabling them to enhance their presence in the aviation market while retaining their individual brands and current operations. The airlines' customers benefit from a larger combined network for both passengers and cargo and a greater ability to invest in new products and services through improved financial robustness.

The airline industry is moving gradually towards consolidation though some regulatory restrictions still prevail. IAG's mission is to play its full role in future industry consolidation both on a regional and global scale. British Airways and Iberia are members of the oneworld alliance.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
IAG - 00 44 208 564 2810 media.relations@iairgroup.com
Gogo – Steve Nolan 00 1 312 517 6074 pr@gogoair.com