California | January 14, 2016– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., (Nasdaq: ENT) announced a multi-year renewal of its strategic content services agreement with JAL Brand Communications, LTD (JBC), a JAL subsidiary managing Japan Airlines (JAL) IFE operations.

As part of the agreement, GEE will provide a full range of content services, including movies and TV, on international and domestic JAL flights. As one of Japan’s largest airlines, JAL has relied on GEE for much of its inflight entertainment (IFE) content for over a decade.

“GEE is a leading content service provider to the global airline industry, and a proven source of content packaging, delivery and expertise at the foundation of our inflight entertainment program,” said Yasuhiro Fujita, president, JAL Brand Communications Co. Ltd., the IFE operations subsidiary for JAL. “This agreement between JBC and GEE represents a long-term partnership that is fully capable of enabling us to meet the evolving inflight entertainment demands of JAL passengers for years to come.”

“GEE is honored to have earned JBC’s longstanding trust and business in support of the content delivery at the core of JAL’s inflight entertainment offering,” noted Amir Samnani, senior vice president of content services for GEE. “We look forward to providing the tailored content solutions that JAL passengers increasingly expect as they travel throughout Asia and around the world.”

  • To Provide Full Complement of Connectivity Systems, Content Services, Operations Solutions and Digital Media Solutions

Los Angeles, CA | November 17, 2015– 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 it has entered the business aviation market with plans to offer a full suite of services beginning mid-year 2016.

Leveraging its breadth of inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offerings and expertise across the commercial airline industry and utilizing key partners in the business aviation industry, GEE will tailor a full range of solutions to provide an enhanced travel experience for business jet passengers and pilots around the world.

Business jet operators will be able to offer streaming-capable high-speed Internet access and data services, including VoIP and IPTV, using GEE’s next generation connectivity platform powered by partner SES’ global Ku and Ku-HTS satellites.

As a global leader in inflight entertainment content delivery, GEE will deliver a total journey experience; including Content provision of movies, TV shows, live television, and games; as well as Digital Media Solutions ranging from content and travel enhancement offerings at FBOs to onboard flight tracking and destination services.

With GEE’s recent acquisition of Masflight and Navaero, GEE’s business aviation solutions will include connected operational data services as well as EFB integration to streamline day-to-day flight and maintenance operations, further enhancing operational efficiencies.

“Global Eagle Entertainment has heard loud and clear the needs and demands of the business aviation market. We know the market is hungry for an enhanced level of global inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions that deliver on the requirements of business jet passengers today and into the future,” said Dave Davis, GEE CEO.

“We are entering the business jet market with plans to provide a full complement of our proven IFEC solutions,” Davis noted. “We are leveraging our expertise in delivering our IFE portfolio to over 200 airlines, and our connectivity solution to nearly 700 aircraft, worldwide. Utilizing this rich global commercial airline experience, GEE will help the business aviation industry elevate all aspects of the passenger experience and operational efficiencies aboard a business jet.”

Los Angeles | May 20, 2015– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (“GEE”) (Nasdaq:ENT), a market-leading media and connectivity provider to the travel industry, today announced that it has been selected by Avianca Holdings to provide the in-flight entertainment service onboard its subsidiary airlines.

The agreement, underscores GEE’s strong foothold in the Latin American market. Currently, GEE provides IFE content and software solutions to over a dozen airlines in the region.Through this long-term agreement, GEE will provide a variety of international and regional inflight entertainment (IFE), including movies, TV programming and audio, to Avianca’s fleet of 168+ aircraft. The agreement will also be extended to provide content services on the 33+ A320neo aircraft that the airlines recently committed on order from Airbus. In addition, GEE will also provide content technical services to the airlines.

“We’re delighted to be selected as the content service provider across Avianca’s entire fleet,” explained Amir Samnani, Senior Vice President of Content at GEE. “Latin America is an important market for GEE, as it is one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Our agreement with Avianca highlights our commitment to meeting the needs of our global customers through our regional presence and expertise.”

Avianca’s CEO, Fabio Villegas, said: “The alliance with GEE will allow Avianca travelers to enjoy a new onboard experience, with a wide offer of high quality content that will make our flights much more enjoyable. Its experience and knowledge in IFE systems for commercial airlines make GEE, without a doubt, the ideal partner for Avianca.

Los Angeles, CA | April 8, 2015– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (“GEE”) (Nasdaq: ENT), announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Waterfall, the leading cloud mobile marketing platform, to support advertisers running campaigns on GEE’s AIRTIME platform in executing mobile customer engagement strategies.

Waterfall’s cloud mobile marketing platform combines mobile engagement solutions and customer relationship management (CRM) technologies to help advertisers plan and execute mobile customer engagement strategies.

Through this partnership, GEE enables advertisers on its wireless inflight entertainment and connectivity solution, AIRTIME, to develop more targeted and data-driven campaigns. These, in turn, lead to a better experience for passengers viewing customized and segmented adverts on their mobile devices during their flight.
“We’re excited to launch our partnership with Waterfall, which is a market-first,” explained Robin Cole, VP of Marketing and Global Business Development at GEE. “Inflight advertising today is still a relatively untapped business opportunity for both airlines and advertisers. Through Waterfall’s platform, we’re able to support airlines with their ancillary revenue strategies, as well as advertisers looking to invest in the unique inflight environment through our wireless inflight entertainment solution.”

“Our partnership with GEE is a great opportunity to bring mobile engagement to the inflight advertising market,” added Michael Weaver, SVP of Business Development at Waterfall. “We look forward to working closely with GEE to support airlines and advertisers around the world, by providing a powerful mobile engagement and CRM tool, and a value-add to marketers to run more targeted mobile marketing campaigns.”

  • GEE’s Ku-band Connectivity System Successfully Broadcast Live Television Inflight for the Xinhua News Agency Onboard Air China’s 777 Aircraft

Los Angeles, CA | March 10, 2015– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT) (“GEE”), 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.”

Los Angeles, CA | December 22, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced that it has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to install its Ku-band satellite connectivity system on Boeing 777 aircraft.

Beginning in January 2015, airlines can equip their B777 aircraft with GEE’s connectivity system.

“This STC approval is a testament to GEE’s technological leadership and expansion in the in-flight connectivity market,” explained Aditya Chatterjee, Senior Vice President, Connectivity Systems and Chief Technology Officer at GEE. “The B777 has received more orders than any other wide-body aircraft, and GEE’s STC approval is an important achievement in the growth of Ku-band satellite connectivity to airlines.”

Los Angeles, CA | September 9, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced the launch of a new corporate brand image and logo. The design reflects the company’s evolution to become an integrated supplier of inflight entertainment and connectivity, providing digital media solutions to the travel industry.

The new brand incorporates a fresh logo design and modern color palette, highlighting Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) leadership, adaptability and forward thinking in the industry. The design also underlines GEE’s commitment to providing innovative and market-leading services to its customers and partners with a recognizable identity that represents the integrated array of products and services in its portfolio.

The new visual identity will be officially unveiled at the Airline Passenger Experience Expo (APEX Expo) in Anaheim during the week of September 15th, where the company will be exhibiting and sponsoring key events.

“We’re excited to unveil the next step of our company’s evolution through our new brand identity,” explained Dave Davis, CEO of GEE. “The brand was designed by our creative group and is the culmination of unifying our different teams across the globe to meet the needs of our customers through an integrated approach to our business.”

Los Angeles, CA | August 19, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), the worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, has signed an agreement with Royal Air Maroc to provide a broad array of local and international inflight entertainment (IFE) content across its entire fleet.

Starting in September 2014, Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) will provide Royal Air Maroc with a variety of movies, TV shows and audio, as well as a new African content program customized for the airline. In addition to providing content services, GEE will design an exclusive microsite to showcase Royal Air Maroc’s IFE program to passengers prior to boarding their flight.

“Royal Air Maroc is an award-winning airline poised for growth and we are proud to support it through our content services,” said Walé Adepoju, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer at Global Eagle Entertainment. “Through this agreement, we are committed to providing a complete range of services and a customized approach to content delivery aligned with Royal Air Maroc’s business strategy and passenger experience objectives.”

“We’re delighted to have selected GEE to supply a variety of inflight content to our aircraft,” commented Saïda Najioullah, Marketing Director at Royal Air Maroc. “Our partnership with GEE will support our strategy to enhance the experience for our passengers through creative and relevant content.”

Royal Air Maroc was recently named the Best Regional Airline in Africa at the 2014 World Airline Awards.

Los Angeles, CA | August 4, 2014/Globe Newswire/– Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content and connectivity solutions for airlines, has successfully launched WISE?W(ireless Inflight Services and Entertainment) on select Middle Eastern routes on-board Philippine Airlines. The software platform has been deployed through a technological partnership with OnAir’s new wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) solution, OnAir Play, and on Philippine Airlines’ In Air Wireless Entertainment product.

The launch of WISE? oPnhilippine Airlines is a major achievement in IFE, with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) setting the standard for management and delivery of wireless IFE to airlines. GEE’s vast content library and deep network of relationships with studios and distributors ensures a consistent pipeline of entertainment streamed to passengers’ personal electronic devices, including popular movies, TV shows, music, games and digital publications.

Designed as a hardware-agnostic solution, WISE? is a flexible and conte-ndtriven IFE platform that powers the software backbone of OnAir Play. WISE? supports most popular mobile devices, laptops and tablets, including Apple iOS and Android operating systems, as well as all major Internet browsers. It features a robust Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for secured content streaming approved by major Hollywood studios, while also offering ancillary revenue opportunities, such as payment and purchasing options in both connected and non-connected environments.

“We’re delighted to have launched WISE? oPnhilippine Airlines with OnAir,” explained Walé Adepoju, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Global Eagle Entertainment. “We are partnering with several leading hardware providers, including OnAir, with whom we share the vision for the future development of the wireless IFE market. We believe that the integrated software and content model that we have created for WISE? provides airlines with a powerful portal to offer passengers an interactive and more enjoyable travel experience.”

“Having a broad content program for our new wireless IFE service is an important amenity for our passengers,” added Ramon S. Ang, President & COO of Philippine Airlines. “Global Eagle Entertainment already provides content services for our seat- back IFE systems and we’re excited to be able to extend this same level of quality entertainment seamlessly through our wireless offering.”

“OnAir Play is the obvious choice for Philippine Airlines. It is the right product for today’s passengers who increasingly want the choice of accessing entertainment content on their own personal devices,” commented François Rodriguez, Director of Strategy and Marketing of OnAir.

LOS ANGELES, CA | July 9, 2014/GLOBE NEWSWIRE/ — Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide leading provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions for airlines, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dave Davis as Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. A veteran of Northwest Airlines and US Airways, Davis was previously the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE). He takes over from John LaValle, who will continue to work with the company as a consultant.

“I have worked closely with Dave in his various roles for over ten years. Given his airline industry experience and operational and financial leadership at GEE since its formation, Dave is ideally suited for this role,” commented Chairman of the Board, Ed Shapiro. “He is a proven leader with deep industry knowledge, business vision and the ability to foster collaboration among our talented team of employees across the world. He has been instrumental in driving the formation of GEE and the subsequent integration of our acquisitions, and he has the skills to accelerate GEE’s innovation in the inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) industry.”

Before his appointment as CEO, Davis served as GEE’s Chief Operating Officer since January 2014, Chief Financial Officer since January 2013, and a board member of Row 44 since 2011. Davis spent a total of nearly nine years at Northwest Airlines, ultimately as EVP and Chief Financial Officer, where he played a leading role in Northwest’s merger with Delta Air Lines. Other positions held by Davis have included Senior Managing Director of Perseus LLC, Partner and Co-Founder of Bearpath Capital LLC and Chief Financial Officer of Kraton Polymers and US Airways.

“This is a very exciting time for GEE as we utilize our global footprint to offer airlines a groundbreaking combination of content, connectivity and digital media services,” said Davis. “In order to capitalize on the opportunity ahead of us, we will concentrate on executing our strategic plan to grow our international base of customers, fully integrate our operations and further strengthen and expand our product offering. With a clearly defined vision, best-in-class technology and exceptional management team, we can broaden our revenue streams while helping our airline partners monetize and attract passengers through a superior customer experience.”

“This change reflects GEE’s succession planning process following the consolidation of Row 44 AIA, and our two other recent content acquisitions into Global Eagle,” commented Shapiro. “John was instrumental in the development of Row 44, the formation of GEE, and leadership during our first 18 months as a public company. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for his unwavering commitment and substantial contributions to the company in helping to establish Global Eagle as a leader in the IFE&C market.”

“Having been with GEE from the beginning, I’m proud of the company’s accomplishments and track record of growth, including having the largest deployment of Ku-band inflight connectivity systems around the world,” said LaValle. “I’ve been lucky to have worked with such a talented team at GEE for the past two years and believe the company is poised for continued success.”

Davis will report directly to the Board and was unanimously appointed CEO. As part of the change, John LaValle is also stepping down from the Board of Directors. Davis will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer until after the filing of GEE’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter, at which time Mike Zemetra, currently SVP Finance and Chief Accounting Officer, will be appointed acting CFO.

Los Angeles and Bangkok | June 16, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content and connectivity solutions for airlines, is delighted to announce that it has been selected to equip Nok Air, Thailand’s premium low cost airline, with satellite-based connectivity and content services across its entire fleet.

This is a first for a South East Asian carrier, with Nok Air being the first airline to benefit from a partnership between Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and Thaicom Public Company Limited (THAICOM). In addition to Nok Air, GEE and THAICOM will jointly develop, implement and support inflight connectivity solutions for airlines in Thailand and across South East Asia.

“We’re thrilled to provide market-leading connectivity and content solutions to Nok Air and its passengers,” said John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “GEE’s connectivity service operates over both land and water, making it the ideal solution for airlines such as Nok Air that have numerous over-water routes. Supported by our partnership with THAICOM, we remain focused on further expanding our presence across the growing South East Asia region.”

“As the truly Thai low-cost airline owned by Thais, Nok Air strives to differentiate its services by enabling passengers to be both productive and entertained when they fly,” said Patee Sarasin, Chief Executive Officer of Nok Airlines Plc. “The quality and reliability of GEE’s service, combined with Nok Air’s commitment to providing innovative services, will further enhance our brand and strengthen our offering to passengers.”

Los Angeles, Ca | June 2, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) announced today that its subsidiary IFP has entered into a multi-year agreement with Etihad Airways to provide inflight entertainment (IFE) content programming across its entire fleet, as well as to its partner airlines Air Serbia and Air Seychelles.

Starting this quarter, IFP will provide a rich and varied program of regional and international content including popular movies, TV shows and audio programming to support the airline’s world-renowned guest experience.

“We’re thrilled to have been selected by Etihad Airways for its content services,” added Walé Adepoju, Executive Vice President of Customer Solutions for Global Eagle Entertainment. “Etihad represents the epitome of sophisticated flying, and we look forward to enhancing their guests’ experience through an IFE offering which showcases our expertise and commitment to providing outstanding content products and services.”

“As the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world’s leading premium airlines, Etihad Airways prides itself in providing a superior guest experience which is evocative of our brand,” explained Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways. “Exceptional entertainment is an integral part of our leading onboard product, and IFP’s compelling content offering and proficient delivery support will make them an outstanding partner for us.”

Los Angeles, CA | May 28, 2014– IFE Services, a subsidiary of Global Eagle Entertainment (NASDAQ:ENT), announced today that it has developed Iberia’s new inflight entertainment (IFE) content app.

Called ‘IberiaOnBoard’, the freely downloadable app allows travellers to check out all of the IFE content available to them on their upcoming Iberia flights. Every movie and TV show is listed by genre and has a trailer with accompanying useful information including synopsis, cast, director, rating, duration and language availability. Music album information lists tracks and their times. A special Kids’ section showcases all of the specially selected children’s content on offer inflight.

Mobile app development is just one of many new products Global Eagle Entertainment has introduced to the airline industry recently as the world’s leading inflight entertainment content and connectivity provider continues its focus to innovate on behalf of clients.

A spokesperson for Iberia said: “The IberiaOnBoard app makes our inflight entertainment line up accessible to anyone with a mobile device before they board, enabling them to better plan their inflight experience in advance. We’re delighted by the app IFE Services developed in conjunction with our team and we look forward to bringing more innovative solutions to market as we continue to offer the best possible inflight experience to our customers.”

“Iberia has long been at the forefront of identifying and creating opportunities to deliver a better passenger experience,” said Andy McEwan, SVP Content for Global Eagle Entertainment. “The IberiaOnBoard app represents a very productive collaboration with Iberia to deliver inflight entertainment in a new and innovative way for the airline, and underscores IFE Services’, as part of Global Eagle, ability to deliver intelligent and intuitive inflight innovations that build on the increasing demand for inflight connectivity and access to entertainment.”

As expected, the recent events in Malaysia have brought about a lot of connectivity solutions and we have been inundated with them. In the spirit of airline support for these initiatives, we bring a couple of them your way.

The tragic disappearance of flight MH370 is still very present in all of our minds. In an initiative to improve the handling of similar situations in the future the United Nations’ ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and the Government of Malaysia hosed an expert dialogue on May 26-27 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Panasonic Avionics was invited to participate in this event, contribute to their technical expertise, and present FlightLinkTM, a fully integrated aircraft communication, tracking and weather information solution. FlightLink has been provided free of charge to airlines from its launch in 2004. It offers Iridium Communications for cockpit voice, text and operational data as well as real-time fleet monitoring and simultaneously tracks all Panasonic equipped aircraft – 24/7/365 around the globe. Aircraft tracking services range from positioning reporting at no more than 5-minute intervals to live flight data streaming. Additionally, Panasonic Weather Solutions delivers real-time weather analytics and fleet monitoring by communicating data from TAMDAR weather sensors installed on over 300 aircraft. This is the only global satellite network dedicated to aeronautical connectivity, and with it, Panasonic enables passengers, crew and aircrafts to stay in touch with the ground throughout their flights. FMI contact

Along the same lines as the above story, we got an input this week from Teledyne Controls that caught our eye.

Speaking at the Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data in Malaysia on Monday 26th May, William Cecil, Director of Business Development of Teledyne Controls presented a case for providing virtually unlimited real time flight data monitoring by using existing aircraft systems and better ‘connecting the dots’: “It could be very quickly possible to enable black box data streaming in flight for many existing aircraft without installing any new technology,” he says. “By simply connecting a broadband flight data IP router on board with the broadband satcom systems that airlines are increasingly installing for the primary purpose of Internet access for passengers, we believe this is possible, and are planning to work with partner airlines and OEMs to prove this concept.”Broadband flight data IP router capability already exists on an increasing number of aircraft. Teledyne Controls’ own Wireless GroundLink® (WGL Comm+) unit that has this routing capability is being rapidly adopted by airlines to improve post flight analysis for flight safety. By way of context, Wireless GroundLink® systems are currently being installed on over two thirds of new delivery Airbus A330 and A380, and Boeing 747-8 and 777 aircraft and this adoption rate is increasing. “Connecting WGL Comm+ units to broadband satcom systems will enable airlines to realise real time flight data monitoring in a very short space of time,” adds Mr. Masood Hassan, President of Teledyne Controls, “and in doing so will resolve one of the last major headaches that airlines face – understanding the causes of an aviation emergency within moments of an event taking place.”

In another tracking endeavor, the improved SD Flight Tracker now has integrated position reports generated by Swift Broadband and features richer mapping capability using Google Maps. Satcom Direct’s Flight Tracker is a state-of-the-art global mapping solution that graphically displays precise fleet coordinates. Its ability to track aircraft globally has been enhanced with an additional source of position data. Satcom Direct has exclusive access to this data from Inmarsat and blends it with position data received from other sources including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NavCanada and Satcom Direct’s own FlightDeck Freedom datalink to provide the most comprehensive flight tracking service available. “SwiftBroadband is updated every two minutes as compared to other sources. For some aircraft, this may be their only reliable source of position data. It allows our customers to track their aircraft worldwide and ensure they know its status at all times,” said Scott Hamilton, Satcom Direct chief strategy officer. “SwiftBroadband position reports are available globally whereas some sources, including the FAA and NavCanada, are only available regionally.” SD Flight Tracker also has been upgraded to use Google Maps which provides advanced mapping capabilities including street level maps which are useful for helicopter tracking. The SD Flight Tracker enhancements provide for a fast and intuitive user interface, and it can now be accessed on any mobile device. Previously, it was only available on PCs. Follow the link for more information regarding Satcom Direct.

You might have not heard about the IFEC.2014, but if not, here’s the story: More than ten local airlines from China have confirmed their participation at the 7th China IFEC Summit. The airlines confirmed are: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, JuneYao Airlines, Lucky Air, Beijing Capital Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and etc. Based on your cutting edge technology, new innovations and professional experience in in-flight entertainment and connectivity, can you help these airlines solve the following problems? How innovative inflight services improve a passengers’ experience?

  • How can airlines simplify the pricing models for in-flight connectivity?
  • How to secure the data for inflight media streaming?
  • How can airlines use in-flight media for marketing purposes?
  • How can you provide IFEC services that run on passengers’ mobile devices?

You can join the China IFEC Summit 2014 here.

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) announced today that it has been selected by Indonesia’s flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, to provide inflight entertainment (IFE) content to its passengers. Global Eagle will provide Garuda Indonesia with movies from studios in Hollywood, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. In addition, the content package will feature television programming, music, streaming radio, games and original productions that include destination films, safety films and entertainment guides. Content will be provided via the audio video on-demand (AVOD) seat-back systems on their wide-bodied aircraft.

We got a note from John Courtright who makes some good points about US taxation of frequent flier miles. He wrote: “I know the link below does not have a “clean” IFE or air-to-ground (ATG) reference but I bet many of your IFExpress readers would like to know that the IRS is looking to tax your frequent flyer miles as income. How would taxing frequent flyer miles affect airline choice? The IFEC industry bases most, if not all, of its value equation on the premise that the better, more up-to-date IFEC experience is a major contributing factor to a passenger buy decisions and passenger loyalty. But studies have shown that flyers first select an airline on a.) price and b.) schedule, and then other factors such as loyalty programs and the perception of better IFEC service come in further down the selection criteria list. If the IRS is successful in getting airline miles taxed, will this make IFEC an even more important factor in carrier selection? I think that’s a very good question? My opinion: I think IFEC’s importance will rise if miles are taxed. But I’d like to see an economic sensitivity model on this topic.” (IRS Sets Sights on Frequent Flyer Miles, Hotel Points)

Lastly, perhaps you read about Boeing’s Chief Exec, James McNerneys comments in the Seattle Times on next-gen planes. Having worked there in the past we were a bit surprised at this step-back from the problems at hand: “Boeing chief executive Jim McNerney said Wednesday the jetmaker won’t shoot for the moon in the foreseeable future by launching risky, game-changing new airplanes like the 707 in the 1950s or the 787 Dreamliner 10 years ago.” Meaning the B787 was a little too advanced for the existing engineering and manufacturing expertise there? The article went on – “All of us have gotten religion,” said McNerney, speaking to Wall Street analysts at the annual investor conference in the Fairmont Olympic hotel in Seattle. “Every 25 years a big moonshot … and then produce a 707 or a 787 — that’s the wrong way to pursue this business. The more-for-less world will not let you pursue moonshots.” After pointing out the above logic (or mis-logic) reader, Bob Bogash, wrote us, “I wonder what Mr. McNerney thinks of the stuff Apple has popped on the world the past 10 years or so?” (Meaning products like the iPod, the iPad, the iPhone, just to name a few.) He went on; “Bill Allen and all the great Boeing pioneers must be spinning in their graves.”

Los Angeles, CA | May 21, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) today announced that it has appointed network services expert Aditya Chatterjee as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President of Engineering. Chatterjee will head Global Eagle’s engineering team, focusing on the organization’s technology roadmap, research and development initiatives, and engineering operations.

“We are pleased to have someone of Chatterjee’s caliber on board to lead our first-class engineering organization and to support our growth in the years ahead,” said Dave Davis, COO/CFO of Global Eagle Entertainment.

For the past 28 years, Chatterjee has worked in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as CTO and Vice President of Engineering for Spacenet, a leading provider of VSAT satellite-based managed network services. While at Spacenet, Chatterjee was responsible for the delivery of cost-effective satellite communications using best-in-class technologies, directing the development and management of Spacenet’s product and services portfolio, and guiding executive management decisions on sales, marketing and growth strategy.

Regarding his move to Global Eagle, Chatterjee commented, “I am extremely pleased to be part of the talented engineering team at Global Eagle. As the demand for connectivity and digital content grows, this is a tremendous opportunity to build upon Global Eagle’s years of experience to deliver an enhanced next-generation solution for delivering world-class content and global connectivity.”

Chatterjee will be based in Global Eagle Entertainment’s Lombard, Ill. office.

Global Eagle’s previous CTO and co-founder of its connectivity division, John Guidon will continue to work with Global Eagle in an expert advisory role.

  • Company’s OnTouch® Destination-Based Merchandise to be Sold via Global Eagle Entertainment’s Popular Inflight Connectivity Portal

Toronto, ON | March 10, 2014– GuestLogix Inc. (TSX: GXI), the leading global provider of onboard retail and payment technology solutions to airlines and the passenger travel industry, today announced an agreement with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), the leading full service provider of content and connectivity to the worldwide airline industry, to incorporate its OnTouch® Merchandising Platform into Global Eagle Entertainment’s inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) portal. With this agreement, Global Eagle Entertainment’s airline customers will be able to sell destination-based activities, including GuestLogix’ OnTouch® Ground Connections and OnTouch® Box Office for transportation and attraction vouchers via its WiFi IFEC portal. Global Eagle Entertainment’s portal is accessible via passengers’ WiFi-enabled electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, extending the onboard shopping opportunity throughout the duration of the flight. A joint deployment has already been secured with an airline customer, and GuestLogix is poised to deploy across additional current and prospective Global Eagle Entertainment customers.

“The passenger experience is a major focus for airlines and Global Eagle Entertainment is one of the key players delivering customized solutions to airlines around the world. Allowing passengers to purchase and access items – from movies and television to destination-based activities –using smartphone and tablet devices is a prime example of matching passenger enhancements with ancillary revenue generation,” said GuestLogix President & CEO, Brett Proud. “Global Eagle Entertainment’s powerful inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions are used by some of the leading airlines in the United States and EMEA. As we prepare to deploy onboard our first joint customer, we combine our expertise to support the expansion of this airline’s retail program, and look forward to additional joint implementations in the future.”

By partnering with GuestLogix, Global Eagle Entertainment is able to deliver an enhanced selection of destination-based merchandise through its passenger portal. Among the products and services passengers will be able to access are airport transfers via OnTouch® Ground Connections and passes to local theme parks and attractions through the OnTouch® Box Office.

“Our continued ability to deliver innovative and high-value services is important to our airline customers and their passengers, and we are certainly fortunate to join forces with industry leader GuestLogix to further maximize the potential of our industry leading platform,” said John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “GuestLogix is known for its innovative onboard retail and payment solutions, and through our collaboration, we can provide our customers the ability to sell destination-based merchandise, which can deliver both revenue opportunities and an enhanced passenger experience.”

“The omni-channel storefront combines multiple retail touchpoints, empowering self-service retailing and maximizing the generation of ancillary revenues,” said Ilia Kostov, EVP Global Sales & Product Strategy. “Global Eagle Entertainment makes self-service retailing a viable option for airlines, and when combined with Flight Attendant service, this multi-pronged approach increases efficiency and passenger satisfaction onboard. We are delighted to partner with Global Eagle Entertainment to assist airlines in creating an omni-channel environment, and in turn, reaching new levels of onboard retailing success.”

Global Eagle Entertainment’s global customer base includes more than 150 airlines worldwide.

Los Angeles, CA | February 18, 2014– Air China Limited (“Air China”) and Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq: ENT) have signed an agreement to launch a trial of Global Eagle’s high-speed, Ku-band satellite-based connectivity service.  This program marks Air China’s first launch of Ku-band powered services.

The trial will enable Air China’s passengers to access the Internet and stored content on approved handheld devices, in accordance with applicable Chinese regulations.  The trial will commence aboard a 777-200 aircraft in 2014.

Global Eagle will provide its complete Ku-band connectivity solution as well as support for aeronautical certifications, training, and program management.

“We are honored Air China has selected Global Eagle to support such an important program for the airline,” said John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment.  “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.”

Air China and Global Eagle are in the process of completing various certification processes, and will gain all required authorizations to operate services on the 777-200 aircraft, in accordance with the relevant regulations and policies.

Montreal | February 11, 2014– The fastest growing brain-exercising puzzle in the world will soon take to the skies! DTI, the software division of market leading inflight entertainment expert Advanced Inflight Alliance AG, and its parent company Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq: ENT), announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with specialty toy and puzzle company Nextoy, LLC to license the highly popular logic and math puzzle game KenKen® to airlines around the world.

KenKen was originally developed in 2004 by a Japanese mathematics professor to help his students improve logic, critical thinking, math abilities and problem solving skills.  The puzzle became an overnight sensation for both adults and children, and shortly thereafter in 2008, Nextoy launched KenKen in the United States.  Today KenKen is a daily feature of over 150 national and international newspapers, with millions of puzzles solved each month in print, online at, and via iPhone / iPad and Android apps.
“When we launched KenKen in the U.S., we knew its popularity would grow quickly, and thanks to DTI, airline passengers around the world will now be able to enjoy the game during their flight,” said Robert Fuhrer, Founder and President of Nextoy.
KenKen will be available for both wireless and seatback inflight entertainment systems as part of DTI’s catalogue of games. With grid sizes ranging from 3X3 to 9X9 and dozens of difficulty levels, passengers will be able to pit their wits against challenging puzzles and exercise their minds throughout their flights.
“KenKen’s simple gameplay and international appeal make it an ideal addition to any airline’s inflight gaming catalogue,” explained Walé Adepoju, Chief Operating Officer of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG, Parent company of DTI. “DTI is at the forefront of the inflight gaming market and we are thrilled to add KenKen to our extensive catalogue of casual gaming brands as we serve over 100 international airlines around the world.”

Los Angeles, CA | January 21, 2014 – Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) today announced that it has promoted Dave Davis to Chief Operating Officer.  Davis previously served as, and will continue in the role of, CFO.

“Dave joined Global Eagle just prior to the merger that created our company,” said Ed Shapiro, Chairman of the Board of Global Eagle Entertainment. “In that time, he has helped lead the organization through a number of successful milestones, including completing two acquisitions, significantly strengthening the finance and administrative teams, and raising new capital to support growth.  In his expanded role, Dave will be instrumental in achieving the ambitious goals we’ve set for our company.

In his new and expanded role as COO, Davis will have responsibility for the operating, administrative, and shared services functions of the company.  In addition, his key priorities will be integrating the businesses Global Eagle has acquired, developing a world-class organization and management team, achieving revenue and earnings goals, and developing new strategic relationships for the company.

Commenting on his promotion, Davis said, “This is a very exciting time for Global Eagle.  We have built a strong foundation with exceptional assets and a solid financial position.  I look forward to continuing to work with our talented team to drive results for our customers and investors.”

Mr. Davis has over 20 years of financial and business management experience in airline and related industries.  Before joining Global Eagle as CFO in November 2012, Mr. Davis spent three and half years in private equity, first as Senior Managing Director of Perseus LLC, then as Partner and Co-Founder of Bearpath Capital LLC.  He previously was with Northwest Airlines for a total of nearly nine years, where he was appointed to the role of EVP and CFO and played a key role in the merger of Northwest and Delta Airlines in 2008.  Mr. Davis also previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Kraton Polymers and US Airways. Earlier in his career, he worked for both Rockwell International and BF Goodrich Aerospace.  Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

December 16, 2013–

Global Eagle Entertainment (Nasdaq: ENT [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]), a leading full service platform offering both content and connectivity for the worldwide airline industry (“Global Eagle”), today announced that it intends to offer shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering.

Global Eagle plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions, repayment of a convertible unsecured promissory note previously issued to PAR Investment Partners, L.P. in the aggregate principal amount of $19 million, purchases of outstanding warrants and capital expenditures.

In addition, one of Global Eagle’s institutional stockholders has indicated an interest in purchasing, through one or more of its affiliates, approximately $50 million of shares of capital stock of Global Eagle, including shares of common stock in the public offering at the public offering price and shares of non-voting common stock directly from Global Eagle at the public offering price in a private placement transaction. Because this indication of interest is not a binding agreement or commitment to purchase, this institutional stockholder may elect not to purchase any such shares in the public offering or in the private placement, the amounts of common stock and non-voting common stock to be purchased by this institutional stockholder may vary, or the underwriters may elect not to sell any shares in the public offering to this institutional stockholder.

Piper Jaffray & Co. is acting as the sole book-running manager for the public offering.

Global Eagle intends to offer and sell these securities pursuant to its existing shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-188121) which was declared effective by Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 22, 2013. A prospectus supplement related to the offering will be filed with the SEC and will form a part of the effective registration statement. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained, when available, from Piper Jaffray & Co., Attention: Prospectus Department, 800 Nicollet Mall, J12S03, Minneapolis, MN 55402 or by telephone at 800-747-3924 or by email at An electronic copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering will also be available on the website of the SEC at

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Global Eagle, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

  • Southwest is First U.S. Carrier to Offer Messaging At All Phases of Flight and Still the Only Airline Offering Inflight WiFi Below 10,000 Feet

Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, Ca | December 11, 2013– Adding to the list of services it now offers Customers inflight, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its inflight entertainment and connectivity partner, Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) announced today the launch of a messaging service designed to work in all stages of flight. The new service enables passengers with Apple devices operating on iOS 5 or later the ability to iMessage gate-to-gate for the introductory price of $2 per day. Android-friendly messaging apps will be added early in 2014.

Currently available on 435 aircraft, Southwest is the only U.S. carrier to offer WiFi below 10,000 feet, and with the addition of Global Eagle’s texting product, the airline continues to build upon the extensive entertainment and connectivity services that are available to its Customers at all stages of flight. Customers now have the opportunity to choose the inflight connectivity services that meet their needs, from free TV courtesy of DISH, to WiFi gate-to-gate, to messaging.

“It is our pleasure to say that regardless of whether we’re parked at the gate or flying at 30,000 feet in the air, we are able to provide a truly robust entertainment and connectivity service for our passengers,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. “Our partnership with Global Eagle has afforded us the opportunity to be first with the services we offer, and has truly helped to differentiate Southwest Airlines in ways that are meaningful to our Customers.”

With today’s announcement, Global Eagle and Southwest continue to reinforce the value of satellite-based connectivity and its ability to deliver a broad range of services to improve the passenger experience inflight.

“When the ban on inflight connectivity below 10,000 feet was lifted, we knew we were in a great position to take some significant strides in terms of passenger experience with Southwest Airlines,” said John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “Our messaging service breaks new ground, and embraces the changing face of communication, one where texting has already surpassed voice calls as the preferred method of phone use among young adults, and continues to grow.”

How It Works:
– Once onboard, Customers can switch their phones to “airplane mode” and connect to the Southwest WiFi network.

– From the WiFi portal homepage, Apple users with devices operating iOS 5 or later can select “Messaging” from the “Connect” tab and pay $2 for all day texting with other iMessage users on WiFi-enabled planes.

– For Customers that prefer to do more, WiFi is still available for $8 all day per device and texting is included in that purchase automatically.

– No need to power down! Customers can send messages gate-to-gate like they never left the ground.

Southwest, serving more than 100 million passengers each year, continues to offer the most comprehensive inflight entertainment and connectivity experience at all phases of flight, which now includes:
· Inflight WiFi available from gate-to-gate for $8 per device per day

· iMessage, available from gate-to-gate for $2 per day, for iPhone users with iOS5 or later

· Live Television streamed directly to passengers’ own personal electronic devices, free of charge, courtesy of DISH

· Video-on-Demand television content and movies

Powered by Global Eagle’s satellite-based connectivity platform, the new service—in sync with gate-to-gate Wi-Fi—is also optimized to work in all phases of flight, including on the ground.

  • Southwest is first and only carrier in the U.S. to offer the service to passengers

Los Angeles, CA | November 21, 2013– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT) announced today the availability of its Wi-Fi service to passengers gate to gate on Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV). Southwest is the first and only airline to offer its passengers a gate-to-gate Wi-Fi service because the airline uses Global Eagle’s satellite-based connectivity platform, which was optimized from the beginning to work in all phases of flight, including on the ground.

On October 31st, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruled that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight. The inflight Wi-Fi service provided to Southwest by Global Eagle harnesses the power of Ku-band satellite connectivity, which was designed for continuous operation at all phases of flight.

Now available on more than 435 Wi-Fi-equipped Southwest aircraft, the design of the system supported an immediate roll-out, making it available for use by more than 100 million passengers each year.

“Southwest has always been exceptional in terms of providing the services that both differentiate them within the market and truly provide a better experience for the millions of loyal Customers they serve,” said John LaValle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “As the only domestic carrier with active satellite-based Wi-Fi, they have yet again raised the bar. We are proud to provide the service that allows their passengers to stay connected to the web, and use their portable electronic devices to access the entertainment they love through all phases of flight.”

“Our ability to provide the best Customer Experience possible is now even more enhanced with our ability to offer onboard Wi-Fi from gate-to-gate,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. “Global Eagle has been an outstanding partner, and their ability to offer the service in such an expedited and efficient manner has been a tremendous asset. Our inflight entertainment service is truly unmatched in the business.”

November 6, 2013– Content services and solutions experts IFP and DTI are delighted to announce that they have been selected by Turkmenistan’s flag carrier, Turkmenistan Airlines, to feature inflight entertainment for the first time on board short and long-haul flights.

From January 2014, Turkmenistan Airlines will feature local and international content on seat-back systems including movies, TV shows, audio and games, to passengers traveling from Ashgabat International Airport.

“Turkmenistan Airlines is very proud to feature a roster of content on key routes from Ashgabat,” commented Ovezov Yuriy Deputy Chief, Contract Department at Turkmenistan Airlines. “We’re delighted to have IFP and DTI’s support as we strive to provide a great entertainment experience to our passengers.”

“We’re thrilled to support Turkmenistan Airlines’ IFE objectives by providing value through our group offering of AVOD content and games,” added Walé Adepoju, COO of Advanced Inflight Alliance AG, Parent company of IFP and DTI.

  • Brings extensive expertise in International Media, Entertainment and Satellite Broadcasting

Los Angeles, CA | October 1, 2013– Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: ENT) today announced the appointment of Jay Itzkowitz as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the company. As head of the organization’s legal team, Mr. Itzkowitz is responsible for Global Eagle’s worldwide legal affairs.

“Jay is an outstanding attorney who brings to Global Eagle extensive legal and business experience in the media, entertainment, satellite communications and finance industries in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, compliance, corporate governance and financial transactions,” said Dave Davis, Chief Financial Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “Given our multi-faceted growth strategy, we are fortunate to have attracted such a seasoned professional with substantial experience and relationships worldwide. Jay’s experience will afford us a high level of expertise, and we welcome him to our organization.”

“Global Eagle is uniquely well-positioned in the rapidly growing in-flight connectivity and entertainment market,” commented Itzkowitz. “Global Eagle’s strong management, exclusive content resources and cutting-edge distribution technology, as well its solid balance sheet, position the company well for growth. I look forward to working closely with Global Eagle’s highly regarded senior management team and board of directors in helping to execute the company’s exciting strategic plan.”

Before joining Global Eagle, Mr. Itzkowitz spent ten years at News Corporation, where he held senior legal positions at the Fox businesses in Los Angeles, then at News International in London, and then at Sky Global in New York. He played a key role in numerous acquisitions and worked extensively in the satellite and pay television businesses, including with Star TV in Hong Kong, BSkyB in the UK, where he was an alternate board member, and in Italy where he was a board member of the company that is now Sky Italia. He also worked extensively in Germany, supervising the acquisition of the predecessor company to Sky Deutschland. He then joined Vivendi Universal as a senior executive where he was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, working in Paris and New York. For the eight years immediately prior to joining Global Eagle he was a Partner and Senior Managing Director in the London office of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial services firm, where he played a significant role in many acquisitions made by Cantor around the world. He started his legal career as a corporate associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York and has also been Of Counsel to the international law firm Hogan Lovells. Mr. Itzkowitz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and holds a juris doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law. He is a member of the bars of the States of California and New York.

  • Thai Airlines Seeking to Operate In-flight Connectivity Service Will Benefit from Partnership’s Support
  • All Airlines Flying Into and Over Thailand Can Access High-Quality Connectivity

Westlake Village, CA and Nonthaburi, Thailand | September 23, 2013– A memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for airlines in Thailand and the surrounding region has been signed between Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), the leading provider of satellite-based in-flight WiFi and device-based entertainment for airlines around the world, and Thaicom Public Company Limited (THAICOM), a leading satellite communications provider in Asia Pacific publicly traded on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the symbol THCOM.

The partnership between these respected leaders in satellite-based in-flight connectivity and communications is designed to help airlines in Thailand and the Asia Pacific region develop and operate a unique, reliable and enjoyable in-flight connectivity service that reflects the specific preferences of these airlines and the passengers they serve.

“As the company responsible for the world’s first high-throughout IP satellite for commercial broadband, THAICOM has been providing a broad range of standard-setting satellite services throughout Asia Pacific for decades,” said John La Valle, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “We look forward to working together with THAICOM to develop an in-flight connectivity experience unique to the region, and to improve the flying experience for air commercial travelers throughout Asia Pacific.”

Under the MOU, Global Eagle Entertainment subsidiary Row 44 will provide its world-leading, satellite-based in-flight connectivity platform, including hardware and software. Row 44 will also provide its expertise in efficient program management and in the development and operation of advanced in-flight services to increase passenger loyalty and airline revenues.

“We look forward to partnering with Global Eagle Entertainment and are proud to be able to play a key role in providing in-flight broadband services to Thailand and Asia Pacific,” said Suphajee Suthumpun, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer of THAICOM. “This business partnership is a significant milestone for THAICOM as it marks our entry into the in-flight connectivity market in the Asia Pacific region. We are pleased to be able to support Asia Pacific’s evolving communications needs powered by our growing fleet of satellites and portfolio of end-to-end value-added services.”

THAICOM will work with Global Eagle to build out a satellite network infrastructure throughout the region that offers airlines a menu of services that include global satellite connectivity, network security and policy compliance management, customer billing, customer services, content delivery, and WiFi and Internet Service Provider (ISP) support. These services can be utilized individually or integrated as needed in order to help airlines maximize the productivity of its in-flight connectivity solution.

Added John La Valle: “We view the Asia Pacific region as a major growth market for us where we can further execute on our plans to deliver greater value to airlines and a better experience for passengers through our robust content and connectivity service offerings.”