Global Eagle Entertainment says it is now offering its Airconnect 3.0 inflight Wi-Fi system for factory installation on the Boeing 737 MAX family of aircraft.
It says the equipment is the first catalogue-offerable line-fit connectivity system available for installation during assembly of the 737 MAX.
Per Norén, Global Eagle Senior Vice President, Aviation, said: “Being the first Wi-Fi connectivity solution to be line-fit on the 737 MAX benefits airlines and passengers.
“Not only does it provide substantial time- and cost-saving benefits to airlines, it also allows them to quickly offer passengers the most complete travel experience with the latest technology.”
Several Boeing 737 MAX customers will be among the first to receive Global Eagle’s technology installed on their aircraft during the fall of 2017.
Global Eagle also is in discussions with Boeing to offer line-fit installation of Airconnect on other aircraft types.
Global Eagle says the Airconnect 3.0 system is an integrated broadband connectivity platform that provides airlines, advertisers and passengers a clean, customisable portal on all smartphones, tablets and laptops to surf the web, send emails and text, watch TV and movies, play games and more.
It is fully customisable with a modular user interface, providing airlines the flexibility to offer passengers a personalized easy-to-use experience with a complete range of inflight video content, e-commerce, and data analytics, all while incorporating customisable branded campaigns.
Airlines can also boost revenue opportunities with integrated advertising options.
Global Eagle’s Airconnect 3.0 system currently flies on 865 airplanes around the world, including airlines receiving best inflight experience awards.
The system has also been recognized as the “world’s best inflight connectivity” three years in a row by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).
The company says with Global Eagle’s extensive portfolio of studio-licensed movies, music, TV series, international magazines and newspapers, together with its patented technology for high-speed web browsing, airlines can receive “a new aircraft from the Boeing factory ready to deliver a quality experience that builds passenger brand loyalty”.