Brazilian airline Gol became the first local company to offer on-board Wi-Fi in its domestic and international flights.
The service launched during a flight departing from São Paulo and headed to the country's capital, Brasília, last week. This follows the recent news that Colombian airline Avianca had been the first to offer the service across destinations within Brazil.
The 2Ku satellite communication technology will be used throughout Gol's entire route network. It is expected that the service will be free in the next six months and that the entire fleet will be Wi-Fi enabled and also be equipped with recharging points within two years.
In its initial phase, Gol will offer access to websites in general as well as social networks such as Facebook and communication tools including WhatsApp. This will then be expanded to an entertainment platform with streaming content as well as a library of movies and series from late October.
Gol is Brazil's second largest airline. The first, LATAM, is also understood to be readying its own Wi-Fi offering.