Less than six months after introducing Airconnect Go at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg Global Eagle has a launch customer for the product. The company’s portable streaming IFE solution will fly on Canadian North starting in December 2018. Airconnect Go draws on Global Eagle’s award-winning Airtime entertainment platform and content leadership to allow quick deployment of a proven and superior passenger experience. The first deployments for Calgary, Canada-based Canadian North will occur in December 2018 on four Boeing 737 aircraft.
“Throughout Canadian North’s history, we have continually grown and innovated for the benefit of our scheduled service and charter customers, always with warm hospitality and an unyielding commitment to safety. The launch of top-notch inflight entertainment options will further enhance our onboard experience. We’re thrilled to be working with Global Eagle to introduce this exciting new inflight amenity.” – Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North.
Canadian North’s fleet of a dozen 737 Classic aircraft includes overhead entertainment screens on some of the aircraft. The streaming option via Airconnect Go delivers more choices to passengers, improving the overall onboard experience.
Airconnect Go combines a reliable hardware system with Global Eagle’s Airtime services, including a proven passenger experience and entertainment packages with industry-best movie, audio and video offerings. The product is so compact it can fit into the overhead bin of most commercial aircraft. A single Airconnect Go system can stream concurrently to over 50 users. Passenger analytics are tracked using Global Eagle’s Airview reporting system.
The system is a low-cost, quick deployment option for airlines. There portable hardware complies with avionics standards without the need for additional aircraft certification or Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). Passengers use their own devices to stream content. Airconnect Go integrates Airtime’s leading Digital Rights Management capabilities, enabling passengers to play back content via their web-browser without an additional application being required for Apple iOS or Google Android devices and laptops.
“Every passenger expects entertainment and Airconnect Go is a high-quality portable system that takes advantage of Global Eagle’s industry-leading passenger entertainment platform,” said Per Norén, Executive VP and Chief Commercial Officer of Global Eagle. “We thank Canadian North for being the launch customer and we expect a significant number of airlines to follow.”
Canadian North serves 16 destinations in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, via its southern gateways at Edmonton and Ottawa. The carrier also offers charter services for the oil & gas industry, mining, sports teams and other groups.
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