Gogo President and CEO Michael Small, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, recently announced Gogo’s commercial aviation organization and corporate headquarters from suburban Itasca to downtown Chicago. The 232,00 square foot office, located at 111 N. Canal Street in the West Loop neighborhood, will house more than 460 employees and 50 positions within the next two years. Gogo will also be moving it’s business aviation division from Broomfield, Colorado to take advantage of the city’s talent, access to domestic and international partners, as well as it’s thriving technology community. Gogo will be joining Braintree and FieldAware in the West Loop location. Gogo’s likely chose this location for its wide floors and proximity to commuter trains. Gogo has called Itasca home since 2007.
About 80 percent of North American planes use Gogo’s WiFi services. Gogo provides in-flight WiFi services by leveraging it’s own ground cellular air to ground network and satellite technology. Gogo currently provides WiFi connectivity to more than 6000 business aircraft, 2000 commercial aircraft, and has partnerships with airlines including American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Japan Airlines, and Virgin America.
World Business Chicago (WBC) is currently implementing Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs, put forth by Mayor Emanuel. WBC President and CEO Jeff Malehorn identified Gogo as “a perfect example of the companies we are looking to attract to Chicago and support through ChicagoNEXT”. ChicagoNEXT is a dedicated effort to drive growth and opportunity in the business climate related to science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Chicago.
Technology companies such as Gogo are attracted to Chicago due to its talent pool. According to the most recent US Census Bureau report, City of Chicago residents over age 25 with bachelor degrees in computers, math, and statistics increased by 20 percent in 2012 (4.6 percent nationally).