WestJet outsources IFE content to Global Eagle

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WestJet Airlines, a Canadian low-cost carrier, has selected Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to manage its inflight content services. GEE is a provider of IFE content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines.

WestJet is currently overhauling its existing IFE system and replacing it with a wireless IFE alternative. GEE will provide a range of content that can be accessed by passengers using their personal electronic devices or tablets rented from the airline. Through this long-term agreement, GEE will provide films and television, beginning in Q1 2015.

“We’re delighted to enable the deployment of content for WestJet’s wireless IFE program,” commented Amir Samnani, SVP of content services at GEE. “This is a first for the airline as it has traditionally managed content services in-house. In this strategic relationship with WestJet, we are looking forward to supporting the airline with our extensive expertise in technical services and delivery of wireless content and solutions.”

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