Global Eagle to offer inflight connectivity in China

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Row 44 parent Global Eagle Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Satellite Communications (Chinasatcom) to bring inflight connectivity to Chinese airlines and carriers based outside of the country that fly over Chinese airspace.

"Chinasatcom is an elite organisation that will make available a wide variety of unique resources and skills to support airlines' in-flight connectivity programmes," says John LaValle, chief executive of Global Eagle Entertainment. "Our partnership will put in place a highly specialised infrastructure so that airlines can enable and reliably provide their in-flight connectivity offerings to the millions of passengers they serve."

Chinasatcom operates 13 satellites and four earth stations.

There have been several announcements about bringing inflight connectivity to the Chinese market in recent months. Panasonic Avionics announced last month that it would start offering connectivity in China from the fourth quarter, and Air China performed its first wi-fi enabled flight with Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband service on 3 July with an Airbus A330.