Posted on: 07 August 2015 by Mark Howells
Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has acquired masFlight, a leading operational data analytics platform, and navAero, a leading developer of cutting-edge Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and cockpit data solutions.
GEE says these acquisitions will form the foundation of its new Operations Solutions business line, which will leverage aircraft connectivity to create a platform that helps airlines improve operational efficiencies (decreasing both fuel burn and delays) to reduce costs and enhance the overall passenger experience.
Josh Marks, founder and CEO of masFlight, will lead the new Operations Solutions division, leveraging
GEE's airline customer relationships and Ku-band satellite connected aircraft.
“Next generation aircraft connectivity is the critical component that enables airlines to monitor, manage, and improve flight operations in real-time,” commented Marks. “navAero enhances our ability to collect aircraft data, and masFlight provides big-data solutions that translate data into actionable information. GEE is the clear leader and innovator in the early stages of the evolving aviation analytics market, and these acquisitions create a powerful end-to-end capability. GEE has the vision, relationships and resources to develop integrated solutions that will help global aviation save billions of dollars each year and improve the overall passenger experience.”
“Airline customers seek EFB solutions that connect seamlessly with in-flight connectivity systems, to deliver more timely information to pilots and to stream aircraft data to ground,” added navAero’s president, Simone Giordano, who will also be an integral part of the GEE Operations Solutions team. “Our integration with GEE and masFlight will accelerate adoption of connected EFB solutions and offer new capabilities for customers, such as real-time weather, flight re-route analysis and situational awareness for both pilots and operational managers.”
The Operations Solutions business line will collect real-time aircraft data from the cockpit whilst it is being transmitted between the aircraft and the ground, then process and analyse the information through cloud-based systems to deliver business intelligence solutions to airlines worldwide.
“The combination of masFlight, navAero and our satellite-based connectivity systems provide the foundation for our connected aircraft vision, helping airlines, airports and pilots make better decisions based on real-time information and analytics,” explained Dave Davis, CEO of GEE. “Our Operations Solutions platform will start with a strong portfolio of cockpit data collection and cloud-based business intelligence solutions that already serve mission critical roles at global airlines. masFlight and navAero not only offer cutting-edge technologies, but they also bring a stellar customer list and strong reputation in the aviation industry.”