Air Canada‘s A321 fleet will soon fly with the Intelsat 2Ku in-flight internet solution. Under the agreement the carrier will upgrade its offering for 15 existing aircraft, while also taking 15 new deliveries with the system installed from the Airbus factory in Hamburg.
The existing A321ceo aircraft in the fleet currently fly with the legacy Gogo air-to-ground system installed. This offering is generally insufficient to meet the demands of the larger aircraft and associated passenger count. With the upgrade Air Canada will now be able to deliver a more compelling connectivity solution to customers.
The 2Ku solution uses the ThinKom ThinAir Ku3030 antenna offering. It is a proven solution, with more than a thousand aircraft installations and millions of hours in the air. Even with the A321XLR deliveries slated for a couple years out, the carrier chose to stick with that proven technology rather than betting on a newer electronically steered antenna model. This is likely motivated,…