Global Eagle and Air China launch live television test flight
Global Eagle Entertainment successfully partnered with Air China using the company’s Ku-band connectivity system for Xinhua News Agency's inflight newscast in last week.
The Xinhua News Agency broadcasts live television between the National People Congress/Chinese People's Political Consultative Conferences and Air China's inflight connectivity-equipped 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.
"This is an historic event for both Air China and inflight connectivity in the region," commented Walé Adepoju, Chief Commercial Officer of GEE in the March 10 announcment of the test. "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."