Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., (Nasdaq:ENT) (“GEE”) a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, today announced a partnership with India’s Jet Airways to provide inflight entertainment (IFE) streaming service and KU based internet connectivity aboard the global airline’s fleet of B737 NG aircraft.
Jet Airways, which operates more than 300 flights to 73 destinations worldwide, selected Global Eagle Entertainment in a fiercely competitive IFE market based, in part, on its ten-year content delivery alliance and experience with GEE. The India-based airline, with hub operations in Mumbai, also cites GEE’s inflight entertainment and connectivity expertise and the success of its IFE&C solutions as key differentiators, along with GEE’s ability to enable airlines to leverage their connected aircraft for unprecedented operational efficiencies.
During Q2 2016, GEE will provide Jet Airways with its AIRTIME IFE streaming solution, with a clear roadmap for migration to full broadband satellite connectivity. GEE will equip Jet Airways aircraft with digital rights management (DRM) technology, in-cabin servers and WiFi routers, enabling the proven AIRTIME streaming platform to deliver movies, TV shows, music and other content directly to passengers’ laptops, tablets and smart phones.
“GEE is honored to expand our long-term partnership with Jet Airways, an innovative airline keenly focused on elevating the passenger experience and a true leader across the exciting Asian region,” noted Walé Adepoju, Chief Commercial Officer for GEE. “By deploying GEE’s AIRTIME IFE streaming solution across its growing fleet, Jet Airways can deliver a broad range of entertainment content to passenger’s personal devices with an eye on full blown satellite connectivity aboard future flights.”
“GEE has clearly demonstrated a deep understanding of our business over the past decade, providing the content at the core of our passenger entertainment experience. Jet Airways is now moving to GEE’s integrated IFE solution capable of streaming a broad range of content to our passengers’ own devices and providing a clear path to our future connectivity needs,” said Gaurang Shetty, Senior Vice President – Commercial , Jet Airways. “We look forward to growing our partnership with GEE and, in turn, enhancing our passenger experience across our global fleet.”
About Jet Airways
Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 116 aircraft, which includes a mix of state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300 ERs/Airbus A330-200/300 aircraft, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s, and has one of the youngest fleets in the region with an average of 6.3 years. Flights to 73 destinations span the length and breadth of India and beyond, including Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Bangkok, Brussels, Colombo, Dammam, Dhaka, Doha, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jeddah Kathmandu, Kuwait, London, Muscat, New York, Paris, Riyadh, Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto. Jet Airways is a member airline of Etihad Airways Partners.
About Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE)
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT) is a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry. Through the industry’s most comprehensive product and services platform, Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines with a wide range of in-flight solutions. These include Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable IFE solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions and original content development. Serving more than 200 airlines worldwide, Global Eagle Entertainment delivers exceptional quality and value to its customers to help them achieve their passenger experience objectives. The company’s headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with offices and teams located in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America. Find out more at: www.geemedia.com.
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