Posted on: 23 July 2014 by Mark Howells
Following Gogo’s announcement eight months ago to provide Japan Airlines’ (JAL) domestic fleet with in-flight internet, the first flight offering Gogo’s Wi-Fi service to the airline's passengers has now taken to the air.
The aircraft premiering the technology for JAL is a Boeing 777-200 SKY NEXT. A total of three of these are now fully equipped with Gogo’s in-flight connectivity.
JAL’s domestic fleet consists of 77 aircraft, including Boeing 737-800, 767-300, 777-200 and 777-300 models. Gogo holds the FAA’s Supplemental Type Certificates as well as certificates from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau to install connectivity on all of these aircraft, so plans are ready to roll out JAL’s in-flight Wi-Fi offering.
"This is a major milestone for Gogo as this aircraft represents the first commercial airline outside of North America to be connected with Gogo's connectivity service," said Michael Small, Gogo's president and CEO. "When we set out to connect JAL's domestic fleet last fall, we had a goal of delivering the first connected aircraft by the summer of 2014. We are happy to deliver on that promise and successfully connect the first domestic aircraft in Japan.”
"JAL is continually striving to bring passengers a unique and completely refreshing onboard experience and being the first Japanese airline to offer our passengers Internet access on domestic flights is part of that experience," commented Yoshiharu Ueki, JAL's president. "We look forward to working with Gogo to expand that service fleet-wide."