With more than a dozen aircraft fitted, Turkish Airlines is finally ready to officially launch its newest in-flight connectivity platform. The service, powered by Anuvu and in-country partner Profen, can be accessed on 13 of the company’s Airbus A321 and Boeing 737NG planes.
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New name, same focus on “innovation and future-proof solutions for customers.” That’s the message from Anuvu, the rebranded Global Eagle as it continues to transition under new ownership.
Global Eagle is moving closer to a Ka-band in-flight connectivity solution. The company recently cleared a critical milestone in the verification phase for the Global Eagle Airconnect Ka IFC terminal to be used with Canadian satellite operator Telesat’s planned Lightspeed low-earth orbit (LEO) network.
In-flight entertainment content powerhouse Global Eagle is officially in the content subscription game. The company launched Iris, a cost-effective inflight entertainment (IFE) subscription service for airlines, seeking to change the way content is sourced and managed for on-board consumption.
Fresh out of bankruptcy reorganization, Global Eagle now has a new Senior VP Commercial in the Inflight Connectivity division. Nancy Walker takes over that role just a few days after her departure from SmartSky was confirmed.
Global Eagle completed its bankruptcy reorganization, announcing its emergence from the court-sanctioned process with $217.5 million in exit financing. The company also reasserts its focus on mobility markets including aviation, maritime, energy, and government sectors thanks to a divestiture of non-core businesses.
Get ready for more in-flight wifi on the Turkish Airlines fleet. Global Eagle secured its initial Supplemental Type Certificates allowing for the installation and activation of the Airconnect Global Ku platform on the 737 family of aircraft. The STCs come approximately 10 weeks after the first equipped aircraft returned to service with the hardware on board.
Global Eagle is ending the year on a high note, at least in one market. Just over a year after announcing a deal to install Ku-band satellite connectivity services on a large portion of the Turkish Airlines single-aisle fleet the company confirmed on Monday that the first of those aircraft is now equipped with its Ku-band satellite connectivity solution.
As Global Eagle finalizes its financial plans for emergence from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection there are plenty of questions about what the future of the company will look like. Fortunately the most critical issue is easy to answer: The Albatross test aircraft remains part of the operation. Beyond that, however, the company sees the current industry crisis as an opportunity to reinvent what the inflight connectivity and entertainment business looks like.
Global Eagle received court approval to sell the bulk of its assets to its primary debt-holders, paving a path for its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. The deal wipes nearly a quarter billion dollars of debt from the books and delivers a fresh infusion of cash to boost operations.