American Airlines in Negotiations for Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi

By Jesse Sokolow on 16 February 2016
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DSC_0815American Airlines, the first U.S. airline to offer in-flight Internet on domestic routes, said it has found a better service provider than incumbent Gogo.

The Fort Worth-based airline asked a court in Tarrant County for a declaratory judgment against Gogo on Friday, after having notified the company that it plans to exercise the clause in its contract that allows it to renegotiate or terminate the agreement if another provider offers a better level of service.

The news was first reported Monday in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The airline is asking the court to protect its rights under the contract and resolve any legal uncertainty after American received a proposal for what it considers to be better in-flight Internet service from ViaSat. The move was revealed by Gogo in a filing on Tuesday and American has asked Gogo for a competitive proposal.

“We would like to note that American is a valued customer of ours and that we look forward to resolving the disagreement regarding contract interpretation that led to this declaratory judgment action,” Gogo said.

In an effort to keep American as a customer, Gogo plans to offer the airline its latest 2Ku technology and has submitted a proposal to deploy it on approximately 200 aircraft.

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