Thales has completed its acquisition of LiveTV from JetBlue. The two companies will now form a partnership that focuses on innovation for both passengers and airline operations.
Passengers increasingly expect broadband connectivity at all times. Airlines want to enable their passengers to have access to this connected environment within the aircraft, allowing them to interact with both social media and professional networks in the air.
Thales says its acquisition of LiveTV is part of its strategy to meet passenger demands by delivering high quality, fast connections while meeting airline needs for greater operational efficiency.
LiveTV has equipped more than 700 aircraft worldwide with a range of competitive products, focused on high performance connectivity services.
Robin Hayes, President of JetBlue referenced the additional benefits of the deal to the airline, “JetBlue was careful to find a buyer that will be a key partner in advancing IFEC solutions. I am confident that Thales will continue to deliver innovation and long term value.”
Florida-based LiveTV has more than 500 employees and projected revenues for 2014 estimated at over US$150m.
As a result, Thales strengthens its operational footprint in the USA and enhances the Group’s global IFEC presence.
Alan Pellegrini, CEO, Thales USA, said: “Our evolving product and service portfolio will enable airlines, on any fleet-size, aircraft type or route structure, to offer their passengers a highly-robust connected experience before, during and after flight.
“The capabilities we now have strengthen our foundation as both a leading in flight entertainment and connectivity systems manufacturer and connectivity service provider.”