Posted on: 30 October 2014 by Mark Howells
Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has introduced its WISE (wireless in-flight services and entertainment) solution within the on-board connectivity platform SKYfi developed by KID Systeme, which is currently installed on several of Cebu Pacific Air’s (CEB) new A330 wide-body aircraft.
WISE provides the software backbone for SKYfi’s wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) product, as well as a complete content programme including movies and TV shows approved for streaming with digital rights management by major Hollywood studios.
“We're pleased with the current performance of our SKYfi product featuring WISE, which marks an important step in the deployment of a strong wireless in-flight entertainment and connectivity offering to the airline market," commented Manfred Brunke, product manager at KID Systeme.
Several of CEB's A330s operating on both regional and international flights have been equipped with KID Systeme's SKYfi portfolio, which offers connectivity and content streaming to passengers' personal electronic devices, since June this year.
Through GEE's strategic partnership with KID Systeme, WISE is integrated on KID Systeme’s widespread Airline Network Architecture hardware platform, a line-fit product on Airbus aircraft. As part of the integration, GEE also plans to provide its content management and delivery expertise to SKYfi’s airline customers, producing and delivering a full range of software solutions, local and international content selection and distribution, technical services and support.
Alexis Steinman, senior VP of software and development at GEE, remarked, “Our partnership with KID Systeme will provide our robust content-rich and hardware agnostic wireless entertainment solution to KID Systeme and airline customers, and we're delighted that the programme is going according to plan on board CEB”.
This initial launch of SKYfi will allow CEB to gauge the popularity of its wireless content and connectivity product with passengers. CEB uses its A330 aircraft on flights from Manila to Dubai, Sydney, Kuwait, Riyadh, Dammam, Singapore and Incheon, among others.