• Airtime Content-to-Go Fulfills a Need Aboard Aircraft Currently Flying Without IFE

Los Angeles, CA | February 18, 2016– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., (Nasdaq:ENT) (“GEE”) a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, today announced passengers aboard Air Transat’s Boeing 737 fleet are the first to enjoy its revolutionary app-based Airtime Content-to-Go inflight entertainment (IFE) service.

Named ‘Best North American Leisure Airline’ at the 2015 Skytrax annual World Airline Awards, Air Transat has chosen the breakthrough solution to quickly and efficiently deploy IFE across its growing fleet of narrow-body aircraft, which was serving both seasonal and year-round routes without an IFE platform. Air Transat now provides its passengers with a customized version of Airtime Content-to-Go, branded to the airline’s popular ‘CinePlus B’ entertainment offering.

Airtime Content-to-Go provides a fast-to-market inflight entertainment service that requires no installed hardware onboard the plane. Passengers download a mobile app and content pre-flight on their smartphones and tablets to enjoy a wide range of movies, TV shows and other entertainment choices during their flight. The solution features Hollywood-approved Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology and integrates with an airline’s reservation system to securely manage content viewing windows. GEE’s extensive ground infrastructure enables passengers to browse and download content to their personal devices anywhere in the world.

Airtime Content-to-Go is part of GEE’s Airtime platform – a cutting-edge suite of IFE and connectivity solutions – which won this year’s Inflight Award for ‘Best Handheld or Wireless IFE system’. On the ground and in the air, Airtime enables airlines to connect with their passengers in a personalized way across numerous digital touch-points. The Airtime inflight portal is deployed on approximately 700 aircraft today and provides rich IFE and connectivity services. The Airtime app and lounge portals deepen customer engagement and extend the passenger experience beyond the cabin. Airtime Content-to-Go is a value-added service that works as a stand-alone app and can also quickly integrate into GEE’s comprehensive Airtime IFEC solution and/or an airline’s existing mobile presence.

“GEE’s Airtime Content-to-Go is a true breakthrough technology that enables us to effectively offer a great customizable passenger entertainment experience across a portion of our global fleet that until now had no IFE platform,” said Jean-Francois Lemay, General Manager, Air Transat. “GEE’s IFE service fulfills a real need in our global IFE strategy. This clever IFE app has enabled us to take our overall passenger experience to a whole new level virtually overnight.”

“Our new Airtime Content-to-Go solution was developed in collaboration with airlines across the globe that want to deliver a great passenger experience or better IFE consistency across their fleets,” explained Alexis Steinman, SVP of Digital Media Solutions for GEE. “A large portion of the world’s 21,000 passenger jets do not have seat-back IFE. Airtime Content-to-Go helps fill this void by delivering rich digital media – from movies and TV to e-publications and music – with the unprecedented flexibility that allows airlines such as Air Transat to elevate their passenger IFE experience like never before,” Steinman noted. “Airtime Content-to-Go is also the perfect stepping stone and complementary solution for airlines in pursuit of a comprehensive wireless IFE or connectivity strategy.”

  • Entertainment on demand at your fingertips on board Air Transat Airbus A310 aircraft

Montreal, Canada | August 18, 2014/CNW Telbec/– Air Transat announces the launch of its new CinePlus app for tablets and smartphones (iOS and Android). Passengers flying to Europe, the United States or the South on an Airbus A310 can now access inflight entertainment on demand more easily than ever.

“We strive to provide a unique and friendly inflight experience to our passengers, and are proud to offer them access to individual entertainment on board our Airbus A310 through their own personal devices,” said Jean-François Lemay, General Manager, Air Transat.

Passengers are invited to download the Air Transat CinePlus app, available free of charge from the App Store and the Google Play Store, before boarding in order to access a variety of inflight entertainment options (movies, television series and music) via Air Transat’s WiFi network, using their own tablet or smartphone. Those who have not downloaded the app prior to boarding or who would like to use their laptop can access this new service through their Internet browser after take-off.

Please note that Airbus A330* aircraft also provide inflight entertainment on demand via individual touch screens. Passengers travelling on an Air Transat Airbus can choose from a selection of complimentary films, TV programs and music during their flight.

* Excluding one aircraft.

Brea, CA | April 24, 2014– Air Transat will soon become the world’s first airline to offer RAVE™ Wireless, Zodiac Inflight Innovations’ ground-breaking content streaming technology. Passengers flying on Canada’s leading holiday travel airline will be able to stream movies, TV shows, music and moving maps directly to their own smartphones, tablets and laptops.

RAVE Wireless will be retrofitted on Air Transat’s fleet of nine A310-300 aircraft. Air Transat is a long-standing customer of Zodiac Inflight Innovations (Zii), with RAVE™ embedded IFE being installed on the A310 fleet in business class, as well as on the airline’s A330 fleet throughout the aircraft.

“Our embedded IFE has been very popular with our passengers for several years,” said Jon Turner of Air Transat. “With the introduction of wireless streaming, we are taking our cabin service to a new level. This is an exciting development and we are very pleased that Air Transat is one of the first airlines in the world to provide content streaming.”

The technology behind RAVE™ Wireless was developed by TriaGnoSys, the expert in communications technology for the aviation industry, which was acquired by Zii in September 2013. That acquisition added connectivity to Zii’s IFE offering, meaning Zii provides the full range of IFEC technology.

“We have a very strong relationship with Air Transat and we are very pleased it will be our launch customer for RAVE Wireless,” said Harry Gray, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Zodiac Inflight Innovations. “This marks not only a step-change for Zii, but also for the whole industry. Passengers want on-demand content on their own personal electronic devices, mirroring their behavior on the ground. There is no question that wireless streaming is a part of the future of IFE for specific market segments.”

RAVE™ Wireless uses wireless access points (WAPs) to create an onboard wireless network for content distribution. Importantly, RAVE embedded IFE™ and RAVE™ Wireless can be connected to enable passengers to use two screens – the seat-back screen and their own PED – simultaneously. It includes the ability to extend content across both screens, just as people can do with dual screens at home and in the office.

– AMP will supply Movies, TV and Audio Programming

Irvine, CA | September 19, 2012– Air Transat has appointed AMP International (AMP), a division of the Post Modern Group, as its Content Services Provider. Under the agreement, AMP will be responsible for programming for all systems.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Air Transat as their IFE content service provider”, commented Christelle Cuenca, Executive Vice President of AMP International. “We are looking forward to helping the Air Transat team provide in-flight entertainment that is in tune with their passenger demographics.”

“We are pleased to be working with AMP”, said Caroline Soegtrop, Manager, Customer Experience, Inflight Service at Air Transat. “As Canada’s leading holiday travel airline we serve a diverse group of passengers, primarily to vacation destinations. It is important to us to provide a memorable entertainment experience for our passengers that will complement their holiday experience.”