Check Your Email at 45,000 Feet? Boeing and Gogo Want to Make It Happen

Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO), a leading aircraft communications service provider, has teamed up with jet-maker Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) in a technical services agreement that will allow the manufacturer to evaluate Gogo’s range of technology solutions in Boeing commercial aircrafts, according to a press release published Thursday.

Gogo is based in Ithaca, Illinois, and Broomfield, Colorado, and currently employs more than 400 employees. The company provides services that allow travelers to access the internet while in flight. According to the company’s website, because of “Gogo’s exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other WiFi enabled devices can get online on all domestic AirTran Airways and Virgin American flights and on select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines United Airlines and US Airways flights.” Gogo has equipped more than 6,000 aircraft with its services to date.

The agreement between Boeing and Gogo means that the latter’s services will begin to be evaluated for potential installation on future commercial Boeing aircraft models. Gogo will begin to undergo evaluations for its ATG-4 (ATG stands for air-to-ground) technologies and hopes to have the evaluations completed by 2015. The company is also pursuing satellite solutions, the evaluations for which it anticipates will be completed by 2016.

“As GoGo continues to retrofit aircraft with its various connectivity solutions, it’s crucial to work towards line-fit of these solutions for all new orders so each aircraft comes off the line with Gogo connectivity already installed and ready for service from day one,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, per Gogo’s press release Thursday.

Gogo also has an agreement with Boeing, which has given Gogo provisions to line-fit its ATG-4 technologies on Boeing’s 737NG aircraft, a commercial airplane. Small says that the provisions will help to improve the installation process.

“By taking care of some of the aircraft modification needs at the manufacturing level, this provisioning agreement will make the installation process much smoother after an airline takes delivery of the new aircraft,”  he said.

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