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Tuesday, 29th October 2013
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JAL to get connectivity

Telecoms service provider Gogo has agreed a contract with Japan Airlines ( JAL ) that will see it provide wireless internet to the company's domestic fleet of 77 aircraft.

The news is another significant development in the race to provide passengers with wireless connectivity while on board aircraft flying at over 30,000 feet.

Gogo's current network is largely based on the ground across the United States, meaning passengers can receive a signal aboard planes that are over America.

However, it has ambitious plans to put a number of satellites into space that would be capable of providing aircraft with a reliable signal anywhere in the world - even for those travelling over oceans.

Gogo chief executive Michael Small said in an interview that JAL's new contract will mean it will be among the first airlines to provide in-flight connectivity for its passengers, thanks to newly installed aircraft-mounted antennas capable of swivelling to keep track of satellite beams.

Written by Graham McPherson

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