Gogo, a leading aircraft communications service provider to the global aviation industry, has partnered with Air Canada to roll out Wi-Fi on Air Canada's entire North American fleet in May this year. In addition, Gogo will start trials for international flights in 2015 using its satellite solutions for in-flight Wi-Fi.
According to Gogo, Air Canada presently has two Wi-Fi-equipped Airbus 319 aircraft that are now operating in Canada and the U.S. and, subject to a final agreement with Gogo, the carrier plans to begin outfitting its remaining Airbus A319, A320 and A321 narrow-body and Embraer 190 fleet types, as well as its Air Canada Express CRJ-705 and Embraer 175 aircraft, with Gogo's Air-To-Ground (ATG) and next generation ATG-4 technologies. The installations are to begin in May, with the goal of equipping 29 aircrafts in 2014 and a targeted completion date of December 2015 for the designated 130 narrow-body aircrafts. The 2Ku and Global Xpress satellite trials are expected to take place on select international aircraft in 2015.