August 17, 2016 – Gogo has received regulatory approval to offer in-flight connectivity on international flights operating in and out of China. Clearance from the various Chinese regulatory bodies was achieved through Gogo’s local partner, China Telecom Satellite, and operations are due to begin in October.
“This is really a ground-breaking moment as we expand our global reach as an organization into China and other parts of the world. For passengers on Gogo equipped flights flying into China, this means they will be able to enjoy seamless service once they reach Chinese air space,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small.
“We believe China Telecom Satellite will be a very strong and effective partner for China’s in-flight communication market and both parties will extend the cooperation to Chinese airlines in the future,” Small added.
Gogo currently has one international airline partner operating with service to China, and the company recently announced that it has signed a term sheet with Beijing-based Shareco Technologies to install 2Ku in-flight connectivity technology on 50 commercial aircraft for Shareco’s airline partners, including Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines.
In addition to in-flight connectivity, Gogo will also provide its Gogo Vision wireless in-flight entertainment solution for Shareco to install on these aircraft.