Gogo is to partner with Beijing based Shareco Technologies to install its 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology on 50 commercial aircraft.
The aircraft belong to Shareco’s airline partners, including Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines.
Gogo said the deal is its largest in-flight connectivity deal in China and the first airline deal for Gogo in China.
In addition to in-flight connectivity, Gogo will also provide its wireless in-flight entertainment solution – Gogo Vision – for Shareco to install on these aircraft.
Gogo provides communications services to the commercial and business aviation markets in the United States and internationally.
Beijing Shareco Technologies Co., Ltd. is a leader at providing in-flight entertainment and connectivity related services to Chinese and international commercial airlines.
Gogo and Shareco will work together on necessary regulatory approvals to install the technology on these aircraft. The goal is to install all 50 aircraft within two years following execution of a definitive agreement
Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small:
“We are extremely excited to partner with Shareco to deliver in-flight connectivity to passengers in China. 2Ku was built on the premise of being able to deliver an experience similar to what passengers experience on the ground all over the world including the Chinese market. Gogo will help assure that Shareco is at the leading edge of in-flight connectivity technology today and in the future.”
Pan Yunbin, CEO of Shareco:
“Shareco is a high-tech company dedicated to building an ecosystem in the cabin that will create unique in-flight experiences which will benefit both airlines and passengers.
“We have been looking for great partners to find the best that can customize in-flight connectivity and in-flight entertainment solutions, as well as other things the passengers may be interested in. We believe that Gogo, as a pioneer in this field, is one of the best at providing these services.”
About Hainan Airlines (HU)
Hainan Airlines is headquartered in Haikou, People’s Republic of China. It is the largest privately owned air transport company and the fourth largest airline in terms of fleet size in the People’s Republic of China.
It operates scheduled domestic and international services on 500 routes from Hainan and nine locations on the mainland, as well as charter services.
Fleet: Hainan Airlines operates a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Currently it has 163 aircraft, comprising:
23 Airbus A330, 10 Boeing 787-8, 3 Boeing 767-300, 6 Boeing 737-700, 123 Boeing 737-800.
N.B. Image credit: hainanairlines.com