London | August 18, 2015– Global content and media agency Spafax is pleased to announce that its Hollywood-based post production lab ‘The Hub’ has partnered with 3D audio provider Dysonics to offer 3D audio encoding as part of an exclusive deal for the travel industry.

As part of their technical offering, the Dysonics 3D audio encoding technology offers an immersive 360 degree surround sound experience. Expanding on The Hub’s impressive technical offerings, this new technology will add to the overall in-flight entertainment experience by adding surround sound to headphones.

“Spafax is delighted to be the exclusive agent for the Dysonics’ 3D surround sound technology to the travel industry,” said Tony Taverner, Chief Technical Officer, Spafax. “This state-of-the-art technology is being used to offer an immersive audio experience and will certainly enhance the customer experience in a meaningful and memorable way.”

“VAA is delighted to be able to showcase this exciting new technology onboard all our aircrafts, enabling our customers to further immerse themselves in the great entertainment on offer,” said Cathy Walters, Senior Manager Onboard Media, Virgin Atlantic.

“This deal sets a new standard,” said Bob Dalton, Chief Technical Officer, Dysonics. “In the fifteen years we spent developing this technology, the airline industry was always one of our key targets. With this partnership, we are now able to deliver our technology at scale via a leading global content and media agency and one of the most respected global carriers.”

Spafax is encoding in-flight content on Virgin Atlantic in order to create a 3D sound experience through headphones that accurately reproduce the effect of being surrounded by speakers. Using any pair of headphones, travelers can hear sounds moving from side to side, from front to back and up and down – and feel like the action is happening all around them.

Under the new deal between The Hub and Dysonics, the leading technology offering will have its Virgin Atlantic launch in August with two films: Fast and Furious 7 (Universal) and Bessie (HBO).

  • Launching Comprehensive Connected Aircraft Solution to the Market
  • Acquisitions Bring Cockpit Data Integration and Powerful Business Intelligence That Complement GEE’s Next-Generation Connectivity
  • masFlight Offers Business Intelligence and Cloud-Based Data Solutions to Global Aviation
  • navAero Provides Cockpit Integration and Electronic Flight Bag Solutions to Airlines
  • Unmatched Capability to Collect, Transmit, Process and Analyze Real-Time Data to Reduce Fuel Burn, Decrease Delays, Improve Customer Experience and Operational Efficiency
  • Marquee Client List for Both Companies, Including Leading Airlines, OEMs and Airports
  • Acquisitions Create Leadership in Fast Growing Business Intelligence, Data Analytics and Real-Time Operational Management Sectors

Los Angeles, CA | August 6, 2015– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., (Nasdaq:ENT) (“Global Eagle”, “GEE” or the “Company”) a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, today announced the acquisition of masFlight, the industry’s leading operational data analytics platform, and navAero, the industry’s leading developer of cutting-edge EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) and cockpit data solutions. The acquisitions will form the foundation of GEE’s new Operations Solutions business line, leveraging next-generation aircraft connectivity to create a revolutionary new platform that helps airlines improve operations, realize cost efficiencies, and enhance the overall passenger experience.

GEE Operations Solutions will offer industry-leading connected aircraft solutions, collecting real-time aircraft data, transmitting information between aircraft and ground, processing and analyzing information through cloud-based systems, and delivering business intelligence solutions to airlines worldwide. The Operations Solutions business line launches with a high-profile base of global aviation customers served by masFlight and navAero, including major airlines, airports, manufacturers, and the aviation supply chain. The business also benefits from GEE’s connectivity and media relationships with more than 200 global airlines. With these acquisitions, GEE is positioned to transform the $1.5 billion global aviation operations and planning market.

“The combination of masFlight, navAero and our satellite-based connectivity systems provide the foundation for our connected aircraft vision, helping airlines, airports and pilots make better decisions based on real-time information and analytics,” explained Dave Davis, CEO of GEE. “Our Operations Solutions platform will start with a strong portfolio of cockpit data collection and cloud-based business intelligence solutions that already serve mission critical roles at global airlines. masFlight and navAero not only offer cutting-edge technologies, but they also bring a stellar customer list and strong reputation in the aviation industry.”

masFlight Founder and CEO, Josh Marks, will lead the new GEE Operations Solutions business line, leveraging GEE’s airline customer relationships and Ku-band satellite connected aircraft. “Next generation aircraft connectivity is the critical component that enables airlines to monitor, manage, and improve flight operations in real-time,” Marks said. “navAero enhances our ability to collect aircraft data, and masFlight provides big-data solutions that translate data into actionable information. GEE is the clear leader and innovator in the early stages of the evolving aviation analytics market, and these acquisitions create a powerful end-to-end capability. GEE has the vision, relationships and resources to develop integrated solutions that will help global aviation save billions of dollars each year and improve the overall passenger experience.”

“Airline customers seek EFB solutions that connect seamlessly with in-flight connectivity systems, to deliver more timely information to pilots and to stream aircraft data to ground,” said navAero President Simone Giordano, who will be an integral part of the GEE Operations Solutions team. “Our integration with GEE and masFlight will accelerate adoption of connected EFB solutions and offer new capabilities for customers, such as real-time weather, flight re-route analysis and situational awareness for both pilots and operational managers,” Giordano explained.