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Gogo gets go-ahead from FAA to offer wireless IFE as standalone product


IFE via Gogo Vision

Alaska Airlines will offer wireless IFE via Gogo Vision from later this year, following in the footsteps of Delta and American Airlines.

Gogo has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install its Gogo Vision wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) service as a standalone product, with or without the company’s connectivity service. Previously, Gogo Vision could be installed only with Gogo’s Wi-Fi service.

The company has also confirmed that some of Alaska Airlines’ Gogo Vision equipped aircraft will be configured in this way, with the airline set to launch the service before the end of 2015. As we reported earlier this month, the new Delta Studio wireless IFE system from Delta Air Lines is powered by Gogo Vision. American Airlines also offers Gogo’s content streaming service.

Referring to the new STC, Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented: “We see this as an important enhancement to the Gogo Vision product, as it allows us to provide the service without necessarily having connectivity on the aircraft. We definitely have seen demand for the standalone version of this product.

He added: “The majority of passengers today are carrying some sort of Wi-Fi enabled device on the plane. Gogo Vision leverages that trend and eliminates the need for airlines to maintain expensive seatback equipment.”

At FTE Global 2014, which will take place in Las Vegas from 24-26 September, Gogo will be among the many leading industry providers exhibiting their latest passenger-focused solutions. Also, Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer, will be a panellist in the Cabin Integration Symposium, which will be led by Mary Kirby, Founder & Editor, Runway Girl Network. 

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam

FTE Europe 2016 will take place at RAI Amsterdam from 25-26 April 2016.

Prepare for the in-flight passenger experience of 2025 at FTE Europe 2016, 25-26 April, Amsterdam

Future Travel Experience Europe 2016 (25-26 April, RAI Amsterdam) will be the region’s most forward-thinking passenger experience event this year, thanks to the ‘Passenger Experience 2025’ theme, inspirational keynote addresses by Philips Head of Design Pierre-Yves Panis and SkyTeam CEO Perry Cantarutti, two unique conference agendas, the Co-creation Forum Europe, fresh perspectives on the Onboard 2025 Think Tank vision, an end-to-end exhibition and a social agenda based around the world famous King’s Day celebrations.

The ‘Up in the Air’ conference stream will focus on how airlines and their partners can make use of new and emerging technologies to create an outstanding in-flight experience. Senior figures from the likes of Google, IATA, easyJet, CitizenM, Aer Lingus, Air France-KLM, TUIfly, Norwegian, B/E Aerospace, TU Delft, Honour Branding and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) will address delegates, providing unique insight on topics ranging from next generation IFEC and 2025 cabin design, to new onboard commerce opportunities, and crew and passenger empowerment.

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