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Global Eagle reinvents inflight entertainment with Iris

Global Eagle, a provider of high-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions for demanding worldwide mobility markets, has introduced Iris, a cost-effective inflight entertainment (IFE) subscription service for airlines. Iris is already used by more than 20 of Global Eagle’s major customers, with most of the company’s client airlines converting to the platform by mid-2021. Iris offers […]

April 20, 2021

Intelsat debunks inflight WiFi myths

Intelsat has published the first in a blog series designed to debunk myths about satellite communications and how it is planning for its future. Intelsat answers the argument that “Truly exceptional inflight WiFi will always be out of reach”. Intelsat reminds readers that in 2019 – in happier pre-Covid times – US airlines carried more […]

February 3, 2021

Inmarsat, Hughes seek free in-flight WiFi

Reports have emerged that London-based satellite operator Inmarsat had “secretly” linked with Hughes Network System to collaborate on winning a major slice of the world’s in-flight broadband services, and bringing costs down to zero for travellers. Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce described the link with Hughes (a business owned by Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar) as a “game […]

October 27, 2020By Chris Forrester

SES wants Global Eagle debt

In-Flight broadband specialists Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganisation back in July with around $1.1 billion of debts. It owed many key operators in the satellite industry considerable sums: SES ($26.6 million), Intelsat ($9.8 million), Abu Dhabi’s YahSat ($3.6 million), Hughes/Echostar ($3.1 million), Telesat ($2.5 million) and Asiasat ($960,000). The business […]

October 14, 2020By Chris Forrester

Intelsat backs free IFE

Delta Air Lines wants to offer its passengers free broadband access whilst they are on-board one of their aircraft. Intelsat agrees, and is backing the move to ‘always on’ broadband in the air. Intelsat’s SVP/Mobility, Mark Rasmussen, quoted by Runway Girl Network (RGN), says that the “free in-flight browsing” is what it, and most airlines, […]

September 29, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gogo trims staff

A few days ago in-flight entertainment (IFE) supplier Global Eagle Entertainment entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now, rival IFE operator Gogo is laying off staff as the Covid-19 virus continues to impact air travel and a slump in demand. Gogo says it will eliminate 143 full-time staff “predominantly from the Company’s Commercial Aviation business”. “As […]

August 3, 2020By Chris Forrester

Gogo gets flying again

Gogo’s Business Aviation division saw a dramatic post-Covid recovery last week. The company, which specialises in in-flight connectivity and supplies satellite-based broadband to passengers and crew, saw an impressive return to almost normality. Gogo’s business aviation division focuses on private, non-commercial flying. For example, at the height of the pandemic it was serving less than […]

June 30, 2020By Chris Forrester