ITASCA, IL. – Sept. 20, 2013 – Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the world leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, is partnering with Allstate to offer passengers 30 minutes of free in-flight Internet access on their smartphones during weekend flights.
“We are extremely excited to work with Allstate to offer benefits to all Gogo in-flight Internet users who fly during the weekend,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief commercial officer. “This partnership with Allstate is a great example of the ways in which Gogo is working with leading brands to reach a highly connected audience while they are in the air.”
“The partnership with Gogo provides another opportunity for Allstate to be a part of the good in people’s lives,” said Bob Wasserman, senior vice president, e-Business Marketing, Allstate Insurance Company. “Connecting with friends and family while in the air allows Allstate to bring the Good Life to customers and non-customers alike.”
Starting September 21, the free 30 minute sessions will be available to passengers on all Gogo equipped flights with the exception of Gogo equipped Air Canada aircraft.
When it comes to staying connected at 36,000 feet, tablets and smartphones now make up a whopping 67 percent of the devices being used to connect to Gogo. Tablets are the most preferred device at 35 percent, followed closely by laptops (33 percent) and smartphones (32 percent).
Apple devices are still reigning above the clouds, following the tablet trend with the iPad being the device of choice. Among all mobile devices being used to connect through Gogo, 84 percent carry Apple’s iOS operating system while 16 percent carry the Android operating system. If you look only at the smartphones our customers are using, the iPhone makes up 73 percent and all Android devices make up 26 percent, with Blackberry and Windows based devices each making up less than 1 percent of devices being used in air.
So, what are our passengers doing once they connect at 30,000 feet? It’s no surprise that general Web surfing ranked as the number one in air, online activity users want to do. Besides Web surfing, passengers spend their time in flight accessing personal email, engaging in social media, checking sports scores and shopping. Business travelers ranked accessing their work email and finalizing reports as the most frequent activity above the clouds. Passengers also utilize Gogo to explore their final destination’s weather, entertainment options and directions upon their arrival.
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Gogo was recently ranked 960 out of 5000 in Inc.’s list of the fastest growing private companies.
Each year, Inc. lists the top 5000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. They create the list by factoring in revenue growth for the past three years. To be considered for the list, companies need to have recorded revenues of more than $200,000 in 2009 and revenues of at least $2 million in 2011. In other words, a company doesn’t need to be large to be considered for the list.
What’s most impressive about this accomplishment is that when the list is filtered to only include companies with revenues higher than $100 million in 2011, Gogo ranks 38 in the U.S. and 4 in Illinois.
You can find the complete list here.
Gogo has signed an agreement with Intelsat S.A. for Ku satellite capacity specifically for coverage in the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans, as well as routes over Central and South America, Asia, Australia and parts of Africa.
Combined with our recent deal with SES, this gives us global Ku capacity for our current airline partners. Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, 21, 22 and 27. By partnering with Intelsat, Gogo will provide reliable and seamless coverage internationally.This will be avaliable starting in early 2013.
Gogo announced August 28th,2012 that Industry Canada has issued us a subordinate license for Canada’s ATG radio frequency spectrum that will allow Gogo to serve passengers on commercial and business aircraft flying over Canada. The Canadian network will operate on the same frequency as Gogo’s existing ATG network in the continental United States, which will allow Gogo to provide seamless service on cross-border flights. “This license will allow us to offer seamless connectivity service for both our commercial and business airline partners operating between the U.S. and Canada”, said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “Airline passengers traveling in Canada can soon experience the same technology that has proven track record of performance, reliability and scalability in the U.S.”
We will begin cell site construction in the fourth quarter of this year and expect the network to be in operation by the end of 2013. Gogo’s Canadian license is subordinate to a primary spectrum license that was acquired at auction in 2009 by SkySurf Canada Communications Inc. Gogo won the comparable U.S. spectrum in 2006.
Having previously partnered with eBay to help promote our new in-air multi-media platform, it is no surprise to announce that passengers who fly on all Gogo equipped planes on Delta Air Lines and Virgin America will now enjoy free access to eBay.
Passengers will have unlimited access to eBay through Gogo’s new multimedia platform, which will allow them to shop the more than 300 million listings on the site. “By partnering with eBay, passengers can now shop a wide selection of listings on the site from 35,000 feet,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief marketing officer. “eBay joins a growing list of top shopping and e-commerce sites that can be found on Gogo’s multimedia platform; all of which can be accessed for free simply by connecting to Gogo and launching your Internet browser.”
Gogo’s enterprise team hit the floor of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) convention in Boston fresh off an announcement that Concur Travel will soon integrate Gogo into their travel management system so business travelers can purchase Gogo sessions within Concur’s travel booking experience.
In addition to sponsoring the show, Gogo was named a finalist in the 3rd Annual Fast Company and GBTA’s Business Travel Innovation Awards.
More than 400 companies are exhibiting in this year’s GBTA exposition, representing a variety of industry segments, including hotel and hospitality, travel services, airlines, transportation services and technology. Each exhibitor will showcase and demonstrate new products and services aimed at improving the business travel experience and streamlining travel management. The GBTA convention offers Gogo the opportunity to connect face-to-face with thousands of travel managers and industry suppliers