Gogo Business Aviation has reached a new inflight connectivity milestone, with its Avance L5 system now installed and flying on 1,000 business jets. This landmark figure has been achieved in less than three years after the first installation, making it what Gogo describes as “the most successful adoption of any high-speed broadband inflight connectivity system in business aviation history”.
Gogo is also nearing 450 installations of the Avance L3 system. “And what’s so exciting to me is that we still have so much opportunity ahead of us,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation.
The Avance L5 system delivers a 4G experience to business aircraft of all types and sizes, from light jets to the largest global business jets, and is the easiest and most economical upgrade path to Gogo 5G when it launches. Since Avance L5 launched in Q4 2017, more than 325,000 flights have taken off with the system onboard, flying more than 420,000 hours and 211 million miles, and users have consumed 150 million megabytes of data.
“We couldn’t have achieved this milestone without the great partnerships we’ve built over more than 25 years with the market-leading business jet manufacturers, our dealers, and charter and fractional operators,” Aguirre added. “Even during the Covid-19 pandemic that has had such a dramatic impact on all of aviation, we continued to see healthy demand from the market for our Avance systems.”
Gogo and its OEM partners and dealers report they have also experienced “substantial adoption” of both Avance L5 and L3 on a retrofit basis, with more than 200 supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both L3 and L5 systems are linefit factory options on the majority of business jets.
In total, at the end of Q2 2020, Gogo Business Aviation reported that 5,399 aircraft are flying with its air-to-ground (ATG) systems onboard, and also 4,704 aircraft flying with satellite systems onboard.