Global Eagle helps broadcast live TV on Air China 777

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Air China Boeing 777. Image: Wikimedia/Shimin Gu.
Air China Boeing 777. Image: Wikimedia/Shimin Gu.

Air China has partnered with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE), using GEE’s Ku-band connectivity to broadcast a Xinhua News Agency newscast while in flight.

The Xinhua News Agency broadcast live television between the National People Congress / Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferences (NPC/CPPCC) and Air China’s inflight connectivity-equipped Boeing 777 aircraft.

The satellite connection successfully managed the transmission on the ground and in the air, including a television crew that was filming live onboard the aircraft.

Passengers were also able to use the inflight connectivity solution to browse the internet, chat, shop and stream movies and television shows while inflight.

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Walé Adepoju, Chief Commercial Officer of GEE, said: “This is an historic event for both Air China and inflight connectivity in the region.

“We’re thrilled to have supported China’s national carrier and its 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.”

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