Global Eagle and Orange combine forces for Air France IFEC

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Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), a provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, announced on December 8 that it will provide an inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) trial on board Air France in partnership with Orange, the global telecomms giant.

On November 27th, Air France and Orange announced that they will test wi-fi on board short and medium-haul flights for a period of three months, starting mid-2015. To successfully deploy Air France’s IFEC solution on two Airbus A320 aircraft, GEE and Orange Business Services, the company’s integrated IT and telecom division, have reached an agreement to deliver an integrated IFEC solution to drive new innovations.

GEE will combine its Ku-band satellite connectivity solution, its inflight wireless portal and IFE content with Orange Business Services’ expertise in end-to-end integration services.

“This partnership and new connectivity project offers the most technically advanced and commercially pioneering IFEC solution in the industry,” said Dave Davis, CEO of Global Eagle Entertainment. “Orange’s expertise in mobile solutions and end-to-end integration, combined with GEE’s connectivity solutions and content offering, will provide Air France and its passengers a cutting-edge inflight solution. Having worked with Air France for over 10 years on content, we are excited to expand the relationship by adding connectivity and partnering with Orange.”

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