Jet Edge, Gogo Business Form IFEC Partnership

Jet Edge Gulfstream G550 Credit: Jet Edge

Charter operator Jet Edge and Gogo Business Aviation have partnered to equip Jet Edge super midsize and large cabin business jets for inflight broadband connectivity.

Under the partnership, announced on April 19, Jet Edge will supply jets operated through its AdvantEdge and Managed programs with Gogo’s Avance L5 air-to-ground (ATG) inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system, which supports 4G Wi-Fi streaming. Plans call for completing installations by the third quarter; 20 aircraft have already been equipped.

Jet Edge, based at Van Nuys Airport (VNY), California, will be the first private jet operator to equip with Gogo Avance L5 fleetwide, the companies say.

“The Avance L5 system is truly a game changer for connectivity in the air,” Jet Edge CEO Bill Papariella said. “Providing inflight streaming and overall faster speed is yet another way we are enhancing and evolving our fleet to deliver an exceptional private aviation experience for our clients.”

Broomfield, Colorado-based Gogo Business Aviation says there are 1,850 business aircraft now equipped with its Avance L5 or L3 systems. As of Dec. 31, 2020, it counted 5,778 aircraft flying with its ATG systems and 4,702 with satellite connectivity installed.

Gogo has provided high-speed Ku-band satellite connectivity for airliners through leased K-band capacity, a capability it extended to business aviation in 2017. In December 2020, the company sold its commercial aviation division to Intelsat for $400 million. Gogo Ku system components are compatible with the Gogo Avance platform.

Bill Carey

Based in Washington, D.C., Bill covers business aviation and advanced air mobility for Aviation Week Network. A former newspaper reporter, he has also covered the airline industry, military aviation, commercial space and unmanned aircraft systems. He is the author of 'Enter The Drones, The FAA and UAVs in America,' published in 2016.