[Avionics Today 12-18-2015] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has struck a deal with Shareco to launch GEE’s Airconnect In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution aboard 10 aircraft operated by the Hainan Airlines (HNA) Group of China.
Shareco will lead the commercial and operational planning for the program. GEE will provide its Airconnect IFC solution aboard five 737NG aircraft operated by Hainan Airlines and five A320 aircraft operated by Beijing Capital Airlines, both of which are part of the HNA group. With Airconnect passengers on both airlines will be able to access a broad range of customized In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and connectivity services, including onboard Internet access, online shopping and payment, live television, interactive games, on-demand music, movies, TV shows, and destination city services such as connecting gate information, weather, and flight tracking.
GEE will also manage the Standard Type Certificate (STC) certification process and provide ongoing IFEC technical support on behalf of Shareco and the HNA Group. Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines expect to launch the in-flight entertainment and connectivity services in the third quarter of 2016.