SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) have signed a new capacity deal to enhance inflight connectivity services on key air travel routes over North America and the Pacific Ocean.
As part of the new agreement, Gogo has leased all available capacity on SES’s AMC-4 satellite, which SES will move to a new orbital location to serve flights to, from and within the states of Alaska and Hawaii, flights along the west coast of the US and flights over the Pacific Ocean.
Michael Small, President and CEO at Gogo, stated that one of the great benefits of the Ku- ecosystem is the on-demand flexibility it offers the firm. Gogo’s scale and the scale of their satellite providers, with dozens of satellites in orbit, puts the firm in a unique position to deploy industry-leading capacity to any area of the globe. The company is also unique in that the capacity being deployed is dedicated to the aero market and not shared with ground subscribers, maritime or other markets.
Elias Zaccack, Senior Vice President of the Americas region and Mobility Solutions at SES, added that the SES has a global fleet of more than 50 GEO satellites on orbit andfive more satellites will be launched this year, three of which have massive throughput payloads. With the recent launch of the SES-10 satellite, SES will place AMC-4 in an orbital slot to meet the growing demand for Gogo’s inflight connectivity services and allow the company to further expand this alliance.