Posted on: 28 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Gogo has signed a contract with Japan Airlines (JAL) to provide Gogo’s in-flight internet service on JAL’s entire domestic fleet, which consists of 77 aircraft.
The JAL fleet includes Boeing 777-200/300, Boeing 767-300/300ER and Boeing 737-800 types. The new service will use Gogo’s Ku-satellite connectivity technology and is expected to be available to JAL passengers from the summer of 2014. They will be able to access the internet and send/receive e-mails via their Wi-Fi-enabled personal devices.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with JAL on bringing Gogo’s connectivity services to JAL’s passengers," said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “We know from our experience that having connectivity has become a competitive necessity for airlines. We look forward to providing this service to JAL and keeping its passengers productive, connected and entertained during their travels.”
“Gogo is the global leader when it comes to in-flight connectivity solutions and we are excited to work with them to be the first Japanese airline to bring internet service to passengers onboard domestic aircraft," commented Yoshiharu Ueki, JAL’s president. “JAL is continually striving to bring passengers a unique and completely refreshing onboard experience and offering our passengers internet access on domestic flights is part of that experience.”
Gogo's other in-flight connectivity partners include American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America.
In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo also has more than 6,500 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.