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During the Aircraft Interiors show held in Hamburg, Germany , from April 9th to 11th, Thales and in-flight connectivity world leader Gogo announced a pivotal new partnership. The relationship will enable airlines to select a highly integrated, powerful IFEC (In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity) product that combines Gogo’s connectivity solutions with the Thales TopConnect™ cabin system.
The partnership capitalises on Gogo’s capabilities as an independent service provider and the leader in in-flight connectivity with Thales’ excellence in systems design, architecture, integration and support to bring a unique IFEC experience to airlines and their passengers.
“Gogo has both an excellent track record and a technology that harmonizes extremely well with the Thales IFEC platform. It brings two best-of-breed capabilities together and will give airlines exclusive passenger experiences with an economical and global connection. This gives us the benefit of accessing satellite-based connectivity services through Gogo’s reseller agreements with its satellite partners as well as Gogo’s ATG network where available,” said Alan Pellegrini, President and CEO, Thales USA.
“Gogo is focused on delivering the best experience for airlines and passengers and is looking forward to integrating Gogo connectivity services with Thales' leading cabin systems,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “As Gogo continues to expand its global footprint and as we get closer to launch with Inmarsat’s Global Xpress, we see this as a great opportunity to leverage Thales’s international leadership in IFEC platforms.”
Alan Pellegrini and Michael Small announcing the partnership
at the 2013 Aircraft Interiors show in Hamburg.
Thales and Gogo first partnered to deliver an IFEC solution for a major US airline and are now teaming up to offer line-fit solutions for the global market. The solution will be based on the Thales TopSeries AVANT® platform and will utilize Gogo’s connectivity solutions. Gogo currently offers solutions based on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite service, Ku-satellite and Air-to-Ground (ATG) technologies.