Gogo Inc is a provider of in-flight broadband Internet service and other connectivity services for commercial and business aircraft, headquartered in Itasca, Illinois.
Gogo.inc has equipped over 2,000 commercial and 6,000 business aircraft with their services making them the world leader in in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in in-flight entertainment. Using the Gogo network and service, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on more than 2,000 commercial aircraft including all domestic mainline Delta Air Lines and nearly all of Delta’s regional jets; all AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights; and select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Air Lines and US Airways flights.
Gogo began in 1991 in a barbecue restaurant in Denison, Texas, where company founder Jimmy Ray sketched his idea for an affordable telephone system for private airplanes on a paper napkin. Through a partnership with cellular providers, Gogo began as Aircell, providing analog-based voice communications on private aircraft in North America. By the late ’90s Gogo had leveraged a satellite-based system to offer voice communication on overseas flights. The next step was to devise a way to bring in-air connectivity to a larger market. In 2006, Gogo was awarded the FCC’s exclusive Air-To-Ground (ATG) 3Ghz broadband frequency license. In 2008, Gogo made their debut on commercial aircraft.
In June 2011, the company formally changed its name from Aircell to Gogo as part of a re-branding effort. Prior to the re-brand, Gogo’s commercial air service was known as “Gogo Inflight Internet.” Aircell remains the name of the company’s business aviation division.
On June 20, 2013 Gogo announced that it has priced its initial public offering of 11 million shares of common stock at $17 per share. it started trading June 21, 2013 on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “GOGO”