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Global Eagle Entertainment and Air China Launch Live Television Test Flight

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced that it successfully partnered with Air China using GEE's Ku-band connectivity system for Xinhua News Agency's ground-breaking inflight newscast.

The Xinhua News Agency broadcast live television between the National People Congress / Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferences (NPC/CPPCC) and Air China's inflight connectivity-equipped Boeing 777 aircraft. The satellite connection successfully managed the transmission on the ground and in the air, including a live television crew that was filming onboard the aircraft.

In addition to watching the live broadcast of the NPC/CPPCC Conferences, passengers were able to use the inflight connectivity solution to browse the internet, chat, shop and stream movies and television shows while inflight. Through this and other successful installations, GEE's connectivity system is transforming the way passengers use in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) across the globe.

"This is an historic event for both Air China and inflight connectivity in the region," commented Walé Adepoju, Chief Commercial Officer of GEE. "We're thrilled to have supported China's national carrier and China's national news agency with our broadband connectivity system to enable the live broadcast of the NPC/CPPCC Conferences. This flight highlights the power and breadth of GEE's connectivity system and we're excited to continue working closely with Air China on its IFE&C solution."

About Global Eagle Entertainment

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. is a worldwide provider of media content, technology, and connectivity solutions to the travel industry. Through the industry's most comprehensive product and services platform, Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines with a wide range of inflight solutions. These include Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable IFE solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions and original content development. Serving over 150 airlines worldwide, Global Eagle Entertainment delivers exceptional quality and value to its customers to help them achieve their passenger experience objectives. The company's headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with offices and teams located in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America.


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