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It's taken Gogo almost two years to sign its first deal with a foreign airline, but we expect new technology and a growing demand for in-flight Wi-Fi will lead the service provider to close several more deals within the year.

Gogo Inc. announced today its first Wi-Fi deal with an airline outside of the United States. Gogo will provide in-flight Wi-Fi on Japan Airline‘s 77-jet domestic fleet.

The service is expected to be rolled out to JAL customers starting in the summer of 2014.

The new service will use Gogo’s Ku-satellite technology, which has been key to giving Gogo the ability to provide connectivity on trans-oceanic and international routes.

A Gogo spokesperson says that Gogo is in talks to provide in-flight Wi-Fi on other foreign airlines, but said there are no other deals to confirm at this time. According to its financial filings, Gogo initiated its international expansion efforts in the beginning of 2012.

The only other foreign airline that Gogo currently works with is low-cost Singapore-based airline Scoot. Scoot uses the company’s in-flight entertainment system, Gogo Vision.

As of April 2013, Gogo Connectivity was available on 1,908 commercial aircraft.

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Tags: gogo, in-flight, wi-fi

Photo credit: Gogo's private jet sits in front of a Japan Airlines aircraft. Gogo Inc.

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