Gogo enables longer WiFi connectivity on flights

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Gogo enables longer WiFi connectivity on flights
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Inflight WiFi provider Gogo will roll out improved capability for aircraft that use its air-to-ground network. 

Starting July 20, passengers on 650 regional airline jets equipped with Gogo air-to-ground connectivity will be able to use its services at 3,000 feet above the ground. Currently, passengers can start using WiFi at 10,000 feet of elevation. 

The 650 regional aircraft amount to 40% of the regional jets equipped by Gogo. 

The change, the company said, will allow passengers to receive as much as 15 to 20 minutes of additional connectivity on flights. The enhanced service will be available at most locations in the contiguous U.S. Gogo didn’t specify where the improvements won’t be available. 

“By lowering the altitude where passengers can be connected, we’re improving the service to our airline customers and their passengers,” said John Wade, president of Gogo Commercial Aviation. “Passengers who fly shorter routes will now be able to be connected, allowing them to make the most of their time during those flights.”

Gogo didn’t respond to an email asking for information on which regional brands currently use its air-to-ground network. The company also offers satellite-based aircraft WiFi.

As of summer 2018, American, United, Delta and Alaska used Gogo’s air-to-ground WiFi on a portion of their fleets, according to a Gogo blog.

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