IL: Gogo Opens New HQ, Adds 730 Jobs in Chicago
31 Aug, 2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gogo, the leading provider of in-flight connectivity, announced that Gogo has officially landed in the loop with the opening of the company’s new global headquarters in The Gogo Building, located at 111 North Canal. The company now has more than 730 employees in Chicago and occupies more than 230,000 square feet over four floors in the building.
“Gogo commitment to Chicago can be seen in this new headquarters and through its creating hundreds of new jobs in the city, adding over 700 jobs to our local economy,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This is a testament to the depth of talent in our workforce, showing that more than ever, today Chicago is a place where innovation thrives, and companies like Gogo are leading the way.”
The new state-of-the -art facility encompasses Gogo’s engineering labs where R&D testing is conducted on Gogo’s in-flight connectivity products and services, as well as Gogo’s global network operations center, where it monitors the network and all connected aircraft flying around the world with Gogo’s services.
“We’re thrilled to publicly unveil our new state-of-the-art global facilities at our namesake building after nearly two years in the making,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “Today marks an important moment in our growth as a company. Our move to downtown Chicago signifies a new chapter in our story, and we’re honored to be a more integral part of the city’s technology community.”
The new headquarters also include an area called Gogo on the Ground – which is a partial fuselage of a commercial aircraft where the company can address customer care issues in real time at 30,000 feet through a virtual connection. Gogo on the Ground also serves as a location where it can test new products and services.
In October, 2013, Mayor Emanuel and Gogo announced that the company would relocate its global headquarters from Itasca, IL to Chicago and add more than 500 jobs in Chicago. Additionally, in February 2015, Gogo announced it has doubled down on Chicago by committing to creating an additional 150 jobs here bringing its local workforce to over 730. The company chose Chicago to tap into the city's extensive talent pipeline, because of valuable access to domestic and foreign partners, and its thriving technology scene. Gogo will also be able to capitalize on access to other technology tenants located in the building, including Twitter, Fieldglass, Uber and ZirMed.
“Gogo is committed to advancing aviation by connecting every aircraft with the most trusted communications services on or above our planet,” added Small. “And, we are excited about continuing that mission from our new offices in the heart of Chicago.”
Gogo is a leading global aero-communications service provider that offers in-flight Internet, entertainment, connected aircraft services for airline operations and a host of other communications-related services to the commercial and business aviation markets. Gogo has partnerships with 11 major commercial airlines and is now installed on nearly 2,400 commercial aircraft. More than 6,800 business aircraft are also flying with its solutions, including the world's largest fractional ownership fleets. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer.
Gogo has more than 900 employees and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO, and various locations overseas. Connect with us at www.gogoair.com and business.gogoair.com.