November 17, 2015 – Commercial IFEC company Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), has announced it has entered the business aviation market, with plans to offer a full suite of services beginning mid-2016.
According to the company, it will apply its inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offerings and expertise from the commercial airline industry to the business jet market, with the aid of some key partners from the business aviation industry. As an example, GEE intends to offer business jet operators streaming-capable high-speed Internet access and data services, including VoIP and IPTV, using its next generation connectivity platform powered by partner SES’ global Ku and Ku-HTS satellites.
GEE intends to deliver a “total journey experience”, including content provision of movies, TV shows, live TV, and games; and onboard flight tracking and destination services.
With GEE’s recent acquisition of Masflight and Navaero, its business aviation solutions will include connected operational data services as well as EFB integration to streamline day-to-day flight and maintenance operations, further enhancing operational efficiencies.
“Global Eagle Entertainment has heard loud and clear the needs and demands of the business aviation market. We know the market is hungry for an enhanced level of global inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions that deliver on the requirements of business jet passengers today and into the future,” said Dave Davis, CEO of GEE.
“We are entering the business jet market with plans to provide a full complement of our proven IFEC solutions,” Davis noted. “We are leveraging our expertise in delivering our IFE portfolio to over 200 airlines, and our connectivity solution to nearly 700 aircraft, worldwide. Utilizing this rich global commercial airline experience, GEE will help the business aviation industry elevate all aspects of the passenger experience and operational efficiencies aboard a business jet.”