Bombardier and Duncan Aviation have announced the upcoming introduction of Gogo Business Aviation’s 5G connectivity, with the installation of the Gogo 5G broadband system including the provisional installation of MB13 antennas in Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000, Global 5500, Global 6000 and Global 6500 aircraft.
Provisional installations on Challenger platforms are expected at the beginning of 2024. New customers, or those with Avance L5 on board, will be able to install 5G-enabling MB13 antennas and associated installation kits using the STC – developed jointly by Bombardier and Duncan Aviation – at all Bombardier service centres and at Duncan Aviation’s facilities throughout the USA.
“At Bombardier, we’re always striving to provide the best in-cabin experience for our customers,” said Paul Sislian, EVP, aftermarket services and strategy, Bombardier. “With Gogo’s 5G network, passengers will have lightning-fast internet connectivity with higher bandwidth and enhanced streaming capabilities, providing them with an ‘in-home’ or ‘in-office’ experience. Staying seamlessly connected at all times is paramount for our customers, and we’re pleased to be working with Duncan Aviation to provide the latest 5G air-to-ground connectivity solutions for our customers’ aircraft.”
Designed specifically for business aviation, Gogo’s 5G network will be available nationwide throughout the contiguous United States and has started to expand into Canada. This new inflight connectivity solution can be accessed upon installation of the Gogo X3 line replaceable unit (LRU) and is expected to come to market mid next year. It will provide enhanced bandwidth and faster streaming abilities.
“Duncan Aviation is proud to offer the most current inflight connectivity solutions for our customers,” said Ryan Huss, Duncan Aviation’s VP of service sales. “We understand the value our customers place on staying connected, so we are excited to be working with our trusted industry collaborators Bombardier and Gogo on this programme to bring the next generation of inflight connectivity to the market.”