Gogo wins bidding to provide In-flight Connectivity Services for Vietnam Airlines
Vietnam Expected to be First Gogo Commercial Airline to Utilize Inmarsat's Global Xpress Ka-band Satellite Technology
Sep 16, 2014

ITASCA, Ill., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider, announced today that it has received a bid award letter from Vietnam Airlines to provide in-flight connectivity services on Vietnam Airlines' fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft and  a majority of Vietnam's Airbus A350 aircraft.  The aircraft will be outfitted with a mix of Inmarsat's new GX Aviation Ka-band service and their proven SwiftBroadband connectivity.  The parties are currently negotiating a definitive agreement, with the GX service currently expected to launch in the second half of 2015.

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"Gogo continues to gain momentum with the global expansion of our connectivity service. This partnership with Vietnam Airlines will mark many firsts for Gogo, notably the first airline commitment to Inmarsat's GX Aviation broadband connectivity and Gogo's first Airbus A350 aircraft and Boeing 787 service commitment," said Gogo's president and CEO, Michael Small.  "We look forward to working with Vietnam Airlines and our other partners to provide a unique in-flight experience for their passengers."

"GX Aviation is gathering momentum fast. The first satellite is in operation and the other two satellites are awaiting launch to support a global commercial service expected at the end of June 2015," said Leo Mondale, President Aviation, Inmarsat. "As the technology challenges are now largely met, we are able to enter into firm contracts with airline customers, and it is particularly exciting to have Vietnam Airlines, who are expanding rapidly in the Asian market, as our GX Aviation launch customer. We are very pleased to support Vietnam Airlines as they upgrade their fleet and their service to their passengers, who are increasingly demanding the type of connectivity they enjoy on the ground."

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About Gogo
Gogo is a leading global aero-communications service provider that offers in-flight Internet, entertainment, text messaging, voice and a host of other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets. Gogo has more than 2,000 commercial aircraft equipped with its services on more than 10 major airlines. More than 6,000 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer.

Gogo has more than 800 employees and is headquartered in Itasca, IL, with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO, and various locations overseas. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com and business.gogoair.com.

About Inmarsat
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

The Inmarsat press release newsfeed and corporate updates are on @InmarsatGlobal.

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