Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, announced today that it has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the FAA to install its Gogo Vision wireless in-flight entertainment product on commercial aircraft with or without Gogo's connectivity service.
Gogo Vision, the leading wireless in-flight entertainment product for commercial aviation, allows passengers to stream movies and television shows to their own Wi-Fi enabled devices from a server on the aircraft. Gogo has more than 1500 commercial aircraft on four major airlines equipped with the Gogo Vision Product.
"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," said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo's chief commercial officer. "We definitely have seen demand for the standalone version of this product. Some of Alaska Airlines' Gogo Vision equipped aircraft will be configured this way and the service will launch later this year."
This new enhancement to Gogo Vision will leverage most of the existing equipment that is already used for Gogo's core connectivity product. For airlines, Gogo Vision offers a light weight, low cost alternative to legacy seatback solutions.
"The majority of passengers today are carrying some sort of Wi-Fi enabled device on the plane," added ElDifrawi. "Gogo Vision leverages that trend and eliminates the need for airlines to maintain expensive seatback equipment."
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