Japan Airlines (JAL) said on Monday it has agreed with Gogo, a company that provides in-flight broadband Internet service for aircrafts, to use in-flight internet provided by the company on the JAL’s domestic fleet of 77 aircraft.
The in-flight Internet provider, based in Itasca, Illinois, said the JAL service would use Gogo’s satellite technology and begin operating by mid-2014. The agreement made with JAL is the first important international contract Gogo is signing, said the company’s chief executive.
JAL’s deal also makes that airline the first Japanese carrier to offer domestic in-flight internet, the airline said, according to the international press.
JAL will be among the first airlines to employ Gogo’s satellite system operating in the so-called Ku-band frequencies, Gogo Chief Executive Michael Small said.
Without satellite systems, airline passengers had limited or no internet access over oceans. But that situation might soon be history, as more airlines sign up for satellites.
Another company using the Ku-band service is Delta Air Lines, who has also contracted to use the Ku-band service on all 170 of its planes that fly international routes, Small said, noting that either Delta or JAL would be the first to offer the service to customers.