A “handful” of aircraft operated by South African carrier Mango have been fitted with Row 44’s inflight connectivity system, reveals Row 44, which is celebrating its 250th install across three continents – North America, Europe and Africa.
In 2010 Mango tapped South African company G Connect for inflight Wi-Fi. G Connect said Row 44’s Ku-band satellite-based connectivity system would support the service for the Boeing 737-800 operator.
Mango is Row 44’s third publicised customer; Row 44 has also been fitting the 737 fleets of Norwegian Air Shuttle in Europe and Southwest Airlines in the United States. “This makes Row 44’s solution the only satellite-based airborne broadband operating for airlines on these three continents,” says Row 44.
The California-based company says it is “currently equipping tens of planes per month and has orders to install its broadband solution aboard hundreds more aircraft”.
The announcement comes just prior to Row 44’s debut of several new broadband entertainment services, including live streaming IPTV, on-demand movies and television episodes, “and bookable destination services in cities around the world”, adds Row 44.
(Graphic and photo from G Connect web site)