December 8 2014  |  Inflight Entertainment

Global Eagle Entertainment to provide IFEC trial on Air France with Orange

By Melissa Silva

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. has announced it will provide an inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) trial on board Air France in partnership with global telecom giant, Orange.

On November 27th, Air France and Orange announced that they will test Wi-Fi on board short and medium-haul flights for a period of three months, starting mid-2015.

To successfully deploy Air France’s IFE&C solution on two A320 aircraft, Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) and Orange Business Services, the division of Orange that is dedicated to providing integrated IT and telecom solutions for multinational businesses, reached an agreement to deliver an integrated IFEC solution to drive new innovations. Supporting the digital transformation of Air France, the new solution will enhance the overall passenger experience.

GEE will combine its Ku-band satellite connectivity solution, its inflight wireless portal and IFE content with Orange Business Services’ expertise in end-to-end integration services.

"This partnership and new connectivity project offers the most technically advanced and commercially pioneering IFE&C solution in the industry,” said Dave Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Global Eagle Entertainment. “Orange’s expertise in mobile solutions and end-to-end integration, combined with GEE’s connectivity solutions and content offering, will provide Air France and its passengers a cutting-edge inflight solution. Having worked with Air France for over 10 years on content, we are excited to expand the relationship by adding connectivity and partnering with Orange.”

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