In-flight Wi-Fi supplier Gogo is shedding 143 folks, or about 14 % of its workforce, as folks proceed to keep away from air journey throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm beforehand furloughed 600 staff and lower government pay in April, and stated Thursday that it’ll “continue certain furloughs and maintain the salary reductions that were previously implemented.”
The cuts will come “predominantly from the Company’s Commercial Aviation business,” based on a press launch issued Thursday. Gogo utilized for CARES Act funding, nevertheless it’s unclear if it ever acquired any help.
“Based on our current expectations of the scope and timing of a recovery in the industry and our Commercial Aviation business, reducing our workforce has become a necessary step,” Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo’s CEO stated in a press release. “We do not take this action lightly, but we believe it is critical in our efforts to preserve our financial flexibility, while maintaining the quality of our service and relationships with our customers.”
Gogo has not turned a revenue because it went public in 2013, and was present process a strategic shift of kinds earlier than the pandemic hit. The firm has been shifting its enterprise to rely extra on satellite-based web for its in-flight Wi-Fi companies. as a result of its present community remains to be closely depending on air-to-ground connections which might be prone to interruptions and bandwidth points. The firm beforehand stated its plans to roll out a 5G community in 2021 have been unaffected by the furloughs, nevertheless it’s not instantly clear if that has modified.
Gogo shouldn’t be the one supplier dealing with pandemic-related struggles. Just final week, Global Eagle — which provides in-flight Wi-Fi to Southwest — filed for chapter.