Last week I flew on Delta from New York’s JFK back to Seattle, and for the first time experienced the new deal between Delta, Amazon, and Gogo.
North American airline Wi-Fi provider Aircell changed its name to Gogo and is testing a new in-flight entertainment platform with Delta Air Lines as the presumed launch partner.
Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet service, currently available in more than 1,000 commercial aircraft flying over the continental U.S., is getting satellite technology to extend its service globally.
Inflight wifi is a $100 million business per year and is perhaps becoming the acceptable face of ancillary revenue in the air industry.
Aircell says a Delta Air Lines DC-9 became the 1000th aircraft to be equipped with its Gogo Inflight Internet service, and now one-third of U.S. mainline aircraft are equipped with Aircell’s Wi-Fi solution.
Aircell, which is implementing its Gogo Wi-Fi solution on the aircraft of major North American airlines, picked up $176 million in equity financing from new and existing investors.
Aircell stated that the proceeds will go “for capital investments for network expansion and operating needs during this rapid growth phase of the business.”
The company says it has installed its Wi-Fi service on more than 700 commercial aircraft and has commitments from nine airlines. Among them are Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Virgin America and US Airways.