Gogo is a company that provides in-flight Wi-Fi services on domestic flights in the U.S. on select airlines. Today, it announced its first ever international expansion to Japan. The company has partnered up with Japan Airlines to provide in-flight Wi-Fi service on the airline’s 77 domestic aircraft, full roll out of the service is expected to be completed in summer 2014. The in-flight Wi-Fi service will be powered by Gogo’s Ku band satellite technology, which has been built up for the purpose of international expansion. Using the same technology, Delta is also going to offer Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on its international flights in the near future.
According to Gogo, currently there are over 2,000 commercial aircraft equipped with its service, allowing users to browse the internet in the skies. Its partners include American Airlines, Delta, Alaska, Virgin America and more. JAL’s entire domestic fleet of 77 aircraft is the first significant international expansion venture that Gogo has dived in to. The company hasn’t said where it intends to expand next. Seeing as how the service won’t be live until mid-2014, there’s still a lot of time before we can see if Gogo’s in-flight service is any better in Japan’s domestic routes than it is on domestic flights within the U.S.