Wi-Fi provider Gogo’s international expansion is taking off, as its first Japan Airlines flight equipped with inflight Internet took off today and the company recently gained approval to provide its service over Russia.
The Itasca-based aircraft communications company eight months ago secured a contract to provide Wi-Fi services to the Japanese airline’s domestic fleet – a total of 77 planes. Japan Airlines was the company’s first airline partner based outside North America.
“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…service,” CEO Michael Small said in a statement.
A few weeks ago, Gogo also announced that it had received long-sought regulatory approval to provide its satellite inflight Internet product over Russia. Travelers who fly over the country will no longer have their Wi-Fi service disrupted, spokesman Steve Nolan said.
The approval is based on Gogo’s agreements with two Russian companies: satellite providers AltegroSky and RuSat.
Gogo is still seeking regulatory approval to provide satellite-based inflight Internet over China.
Gogo currently has consent to operate in more than 180 countries and plans to have between 50 and 100 international planes flying with Gogo inflight Internet by the end of 2014.
Article from By Ellen Jean Hirst