Global Eagle Entertainment has announced Canadian North Airlines as the first customer for its new Airconnect Go portable wireless in-flight entertainment solution.
Per Norén, Executive VP and Chief Commercial Officer of Global Eagle, said: “Every passenger expects entertainment and Airconnect Go is a high-quality portable system that takes advantage of Global Eagle’s industry-leading passenger entertainment platform.
“We thank Canadian North for being the launch customer and we expect a significant number of airlines to follow.”
Steve Hankirk, President of Canadian North, said: “Throughout Canadian North’s history, we have continually grown and innovated for the benefit of our scheduled service and charter customers, always with warm hospitality and an unyielding commitment to safety.
“The launch of top-notch inflight entertainment options will further enhance our onboard experience. We’re thrilled to be working with Global Eagle to introduce this exciting new inflight amenity.”
The first deployments for Calgary, Canada-based Canadian North will be during December 2018 with four Boeing 737 aircraft. Canadian North operates daily scheduled flights to, from and across Canada’s Arctic region.
It also operates charter flights in North America and beyond for energy companies, sports teams, tour operators, cruise lines, government agencies and other large groups.
Airconnect Go is so compact it can fit into the overhead bin of most commercial aircraft. A single Airconnect Go system, which is not much bigger than a loaf of bread, can stream concurrently to more than 50 users. Passenger analytics can be tracked using Global Eagle’s Airview reporting system.
The system is a low-cost and fast option for airlines. Global Eagle says there is no hardware to install and the system complies with avionics standards without the need for additional aircraft certification or Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).