Posted on: 18 February 2016 by Mark Howells
Icelandair has become the first airline in both the European and North Atlantic markets to provide gate-to-gate connectivity across its full fleet of aircraft in partnership with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE).
Icelandair and GEE have worked together since three years ago when the airline introduced in-flight connectivity (IFC) on its fleet of Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, which currently operates to 43 destinations. The new system now extends the passenger Wi-Fi experience to the moment the passenger is welcomed aboard to the moment they leave the aircraft after their flight.
“This service is a part of our strategy to offer our customers quality service, including Wi-Fi on all our routes. It's important for us to be in the forefront at adapting and providing passengers great entertainment and connectivity, and the solutions provided by GEE make that possible,” remarked Helgi Már Björgvinsson, SVP sales and marketing, Icelandair.
“Global Eagle is the leading innovator in gate-to-gate services in the aviation industry and excited to partner with Icelandair to be the first to provide this service to Europe,” commented Aditya Chatterjee, SVP connectivity systems and CTO, GEE. “This important collaboration marks an important component of next generation IFC offerings that GEE is poised to deliver worldwide.”
Icelandair also uses GEE's portal-based on-demand service for a broad range of IFE content.