Posted on: 17 December 2015 by Mark Howells
tTen aircraft operated by the HNA Group of China are to be fitted with GEE’s Airconnect in-flight connectivity solution following an agreement with Shareco, a Chinese provider of in-flight entertainment (IFE)-related services.
tAirconnect will be installed aboard five 737NG aircraft operated by Hainan Airlines and five A320 aircraft operated by Beijing Capital Airlines, providing passengers on both airlines with a broad range of customised IFEC services, including on-board internet access, online shopping and payment, live television, interactive games, on-demand music, movies, TV shows, and destination city services such as connecting gate information, weather, and flight tracking.ttShareco will lead the commercial and operational planning for the program. GEE will manage the STC certification process and provide ongoing IFEC technical support on behalf of Shareco and the HNA Group. Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines passengers can expect to begin enjoying the advanced IFEC services in Q3 2016.tt“As the first Chinese company to fund and operate a satellite-based IFC system, Shareco is honoured and eager to lead the development of China’s inflight entertainment and connectivity industry with services delivered over Global Eagle’s well-proven, highly certified and flexible connectivity solution,” said Jason Sun, Shareco chairman. “We are creating a highly unique, personalised passenger experience aboard Hainan Airlines and Beijing Capital Airlines through a collaborative effort with GEE that draws on the deep commercial and technical expertise of Shareco and GEE.”t