This week, Gogo officially announced K5-Aviation as its first 2Ku business aviation customer in Europe, marking a significant milestone for the company. Gogo’s 2Ku technology is the leading inflight connectivity technology in commercial aviation and is available to business aviation customers flying larger private aircraft.
The first airframe in business aviation that will fly with Gogo’s 2Ku technology is an Airbus ACJ319 operated by K5-Aviation, a leading operator of ACJ aircraft, based in Germany. Fokker Services B.V. managed the 2Ku installation design and system integration including the EASA STC. Installation was performed at its facilities in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands.
K5-Aviation is known in the market to challenge industry standards, and works with its partners to bring new ground-breaking solutions to the business aviation sector. The installation of Gogo’s 2Ku technology marks another milestone in K5-Aviation’s endeavor to be ahead of the competition. Luca Madone of K5-Aviation states:
"This is a great day for K5-Aviation because it brings Gogo’s newest technology to our cabin which means our passengers can stay connected almost anywhere we fly around the globe. Productivity during flight will increase with 2Ku, which will allow our passengers to drive their business forward even when traveling."
The 2Ku era has begun in business aviation. 2Ku is a proven technology that delivers an experience unlike any other. This is the first of what we expect to be many more business aviation customers to choose 2Ku for global inflight connectivity.
Gogo’s 2Ku technology delivers industry-leading performance globally, which means passengers can do live video conferencing, streaming video and have a fast Internet browsing experience. 2Ku is a unique dual-antenna system that benefits from global coverage and the redundancy of more than 180 satellites in the Ku-band. Gogo designed it to take advantage of innovations happening in space and to be compatible with newer high-throughput and low-earth orbit satellites when they become available. That means the technology will get better in time without having to touch an aircraft and the greater flexibility means Gogo’s customers can be confident the system is future ready.
With more than 170 systems installed today across eight airlines on five continents, and more than 1600 total aircraft awarded to 2Ku across 14 of the largest airlines around the globe, 2Ku is one of the most successful inflight connectivity products ever developed.