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Air China to trial Ku-band in-flight connectivity


Air China to trial Ku-band in-flight connectivity

Global Eagle Entertainment provides Ku-band satellite connectivity via its subsidiary, Row 44. Air China will launch a trial of the service later in 2014.

Air China has signed an agreement with Global Eagle Entertainment to launch a trial of its high-speed, Ku-band satellite-based connectivity service.

The trial will mark the first trial of such a service by the Chinese carrier, and it will take place on one of its Boeing 777-200s.

As part of the agreement, Global Eagle will provide Air China with its complete Ku-band connectivity solution, in addition to support for aeronautical certifications, training and programme management. The two parties are currently working to complete the necessary certification processes, and expect to receive the go-ahead to start the trial later this year.

John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer, Global Eagle Entertainment, said: “We are honoured Air China has selected Global Eagle to support such an important programme for the airline. As China’s flag carrier, Air China is known around the world for their superior and innovative services, and Global Eagle appreciates the wonderful opportunity to work with them on providing their newest service enhancement to benefit passengers.”

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