Are you a big fan of using the internet while you fly? We love Gogo Inc., which provides wireless Internet access on flights, and are excited to hear that they will be partnering with insurer Allstate Corp. to offer all passengers 30 minutes of free in-flight Internet access on their smartphones during weekend flights. The service, which began Sept. 21, allows passengers complimentary half-hour sessions on all Gogo-equipped flights except for Air Canada aircraft. “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,” Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief commercial officer, said in a statement.
Itasca-based Gogo (Nasdaq: GOGO) earlier this month said it plans to introduce … a new, faster in-flight Wi-Fi technology in the second half of 2014, called Gogo GTO. The new technology is expected to deliver a 20-fold increase in speed to more than 60 Mbps, compared with the 9.8 Mbps when Gogo launched five years ago. Virgin America will be launch partner for the new Wi-Fi service. Gogo provides services on roughly 2,000 commercial aircraft, including planes operated by American Airlines, Air Canada, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin America. In-flight entertainment partners include American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Scoot and US Airways. In addition to its commercial airline business, Gogo has more than 6,500 business aircraft outfitted with its communications services.