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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

GEE, Icelandair to Offer First Gate-to-Gate Wi-Fi in Europe

Juliet Van Wagenen

Icelandair will offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi for passengers
Icelandair will offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi for passengers. Photo: Icelandair

[Avionics Today 02-17-2016] Icelandair and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) announced the introduction of gate-to-gate Wi-Fi connectivity on the airline’s full fleet of aircraft. Passengers flying on Icelandair-operated flights between North America and Europe can now connect to the Internet from jetway to jetway, according to GEE.

“This new service is a part of our strategy to offer our customers quality service, including Wi-Fi on all our routes. It’s important for us to be in the forefront at adapting and providing passengers great entertainment and connectivity, and the solutions provided by GEE make that possible,” said Helgi Már Björgvinsson, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Icelandair.

The milestone makes Icelandair the first airline in both the European and North Atlantic markets to provide gate-to-gate connectivity. The airline has been providing passengers with Wi-Fi on-board their fleet of Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft since the company launched connectivity systems three years ago with GEE. The new system extends the passenger Wi-Fi experience beyond not just their time in the air, but from the moment they are welcomed aboard, to pulling up to the gate at their final destination.

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