ITASCA, Ill., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), a leading global aero communications service provider announced today that its inflight Internet service is now live onboard Japan Airlines. The first aircraft to provide Wi-Fi service to JAL passengers took flight today. Gogo Wi-Fi service is now available on three 777-200 SKY NEXT aircraft.
The launch of service comes just more than 8 months after Gogo announced it had reached a contract with JAL to provide in-flight Internet service on JAL's entire domestic fleet, which consists of 77 aircraft.
"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."
Gogo currently holds Supplemental Type Certificates (STC's) from the FAA and certificates from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau to install connectivity service on all aircraft types in JAL's domestic service and will begin expanding connectivity service on the rest of JAL's fleet. STC's have been acquired for JAL Boeing 737-800, 767-300,777-200 and 777-300 aircraft.
"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," said Yoshiharu Ueki, JAL's president. "We look forward to working with Gogo to expand that service fleet-wide."
Gogo is a leading global aero communications service provider. Using Gogo's exclusive products and services, passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 Gogo equipped commercial aircraft. In-flight connectivity partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include Aeromexico, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, Scoot and US Airways. In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo has more than 6,200 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.
Back on the ground, Gogo's 700+ employees in Itasca, IL, Broomfield, CO and various locations overseas are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with Gogo at www.gogoair.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gogo and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gogo.
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