Posted on: 17 March 2015 by Mark Howells
SES and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) have signed capacity deals for services on three SES satellites as part of a strategic partnership to deliver in-flight connectivity services to airline passengers around the world.
GEE will utilise Ku-band wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam capacity aboard the SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 satellites. The three spacecraft, currently under construction, are scheduled for launch in 2017.
SES-14 and SES-15 offer complementary coverage over busy air travel routes across the Americas and North Atlantic regions, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, while SES-12 will serve the burgeoning aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East. As GEE expands its services to new airlines and regions, it can quickly and seamlessly leverage capacity across the global SES fleet of more than 50 satellites.
“This new series of capacity agreements with SES represents an exciting milestone for GEE, as we continue to deliver the leading satellite connectivity solution to airlines around the world,” commented Dave Davis, GEE’s CEO.
Ferdinand Kayser, CCO of SES, said, “SES continues to make major investments in the expansion and innovation of our global satellite fleet. This helps to ensure that our high-powered spacecraft and coverage are tailored to meet the exciting growth in in-flight connectivity and other mobility markets around the world.
“Our collaborative work with GEE is aimed at enabling this in-flight connectivity solutions leader to go anywhere it wants to grow and innovate to meet the needs of airlines and the connectivity demands for passengers on the move.”