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Stellar provides original music for Rex

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Australian domestic airline Regional Express, better known as Rex, has selected Stellar Entertainment to supply boarding music and PRAMs (Prerecorded Announcement and Music) for the airline’s expanding operations, having recently introduced B737s to their fleet.

At the start of March 2021, Rex rolled out its brand-new boarding music, a first for the airline, in the form of original compositions crafted in-house by Stellar’s own production studio.

There are two different contemporary tracks which are intended to help create a comforting and relaxed ambience as the melodies waft through the cabin.

Stellar Entertainment’s Creative Director, Brad Power, describes the compositions: “The pieces conjure images of a serene and blissful environment that are designed to put passengers at ease. These Zen and ethereal vibes transport the listener to their idyllic setting.”

As Stellar licenses the music directly to the airline, Rex will also save on royalty fees

Global Eagle Entertainment has renewed and expanded its multi-year, multi-transponder agreements with ABS.

Global Eagle signs capacity extension with ABS

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Global Eagle Entertainment has renewed and expanded its multi-year, multi-transponder agreements with ABS.

Global Eagle Entertainment has renewed and expanded its multi-year, multi-transponder agreements with ABS.

Besides securing existing ABS capacity on ABS-6 C-band, ABS-3A C-band and ABS-2 Ku-band beams, GEE has also expanded its services on ABS-2. Combined, the ABS capacity provides GEE comprehensive coverage across continents and oceans, from the Americas, across to Western Europe, the Middle East, North East Asia and into the Pacific Ocean. The capacity will be optimised to provide reliable connectivity and seamless connections for mobile communications and entertainment for a wide variety of mobility customers and their end-users. The connectivity network supports the provision of services such as Wi-Fi, VoIP, multi-media live and on-demand video streaming, and greater bandwidth for crew applications.

“We are delighted to have negotiated this multi-year contract renewal and expansion with GEE, which is a testament to ABS’ reliability of connectivity and attractive service offering,” said Jim Frownfelter, Chairman and CEO of ABS.  “ABS is proud to be part of GEE’s satellite network that brings reliable connectivity and entertainment to vessels around the world.”

“Our emergence from Chapter 11 and subsequent restructuring has improved our ability to deliver great user experiences to our wide range of maritime and aviation customers and their passengers,” said Mike Pigott, Executive Vice President, Connectivity Operations at Global Eagle. “This agreement showcases our ability to meet our customers’ needs today while helping them prepare for the future and we are thrilled to be able to continue to partner with ABS.”

SkyFive has formed the independent sister company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd.,

SkyFive targets China with 5G Air-to-Ground

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SkyFive has formed the independent sister company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd.,

SkyFive has formed the independent sister company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd., to develop a 5G Air-to-Ground solution for the Chinese market and providing broadband in-flight connectivity services to airlines in China.

The creation of SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd. follows the earlier announcement of a partnership with Airbus to develop a 5G ATG solution for the Chinese market. Only five months after the announcement, the solution was demonstrated to leading Chinese airlines at the Airbus Innovation Center in Shenzhen with exciting results.

After jump-starting the new company, SkyFive Inflight Connectivity (Beijing) Co. Ltd. will take the lead on further developing the solution, with strong support from the SkyFive team in Germany.

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Global Eagle increases Ku capacity over North America

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Global Eagle has signed a multi-year contract for additional Ku transponders from Eutelsat, which will see the EUTELSAT 7A satellite renamed EUTELSAT 139WA.

Philippe Oliva, Chief Commercial Officer of Eutelsat said: “We are delighted to accompany our long-standing partner, Global Eagle, as it reinforces its worldwide mobility network. This contract reflects both the excellence of Eutelsat’s global in-orbit resources and our flexibility to quickly redeploy assets to grasp market opportunities whilst demonstrating the long-term resilience of the mobility market.”

Nancy Walker, SVP Commercial, Aviation Connectivity at Global Eagle added: “This agreement with Eutelsat enables us to further reinforce our multi-band, multi-satellite networks, which provide high-performance and consistency to our end-users. Our clients will have the benefit of staying connected with capacity from over 50 satellites connected through 28 teleports around the globe, which means faster, more reliable service for their passengers.”

French airline Corsair has selected Global Eagle to provide in-flight entertainment (IFE) content using its IFE subscription service Iris.

Corsair enhances in-flight experience

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French airline Corsair has selected Global Eagle to provide in-flight entertainment (IFE) content using its IFE subscription service Iris.

French airline Corsair has selected Global Eagle to provide in-flight entertainment (IFE) content using its IFE subscription service Iris.

Estibaliz Asiain, Senior Vice President Commercial Media & Content at Global Eagle, commented: “Now is an exciting time for Corsair. Following the introduction of its new A330neo aircraft, the airline is looking to transform its in-flight experience with leading-edge technologies. We are delighted to support Corsair’s goal by innovatively delivering high-quality, cost-effective IFE content through Iris.

“Iris’ simple pricing model gives Corsair the flexibility to dynamically change its offering every month in line with seasonal routes, fluctuating flight levels, and evolving budgets. We look forward to helping Corsair exceed passenger expectations as air travel resumes.”

Gael Pichodo, Product Marketing Manager, Corsair, added: “Following an international RFP process, Global Eagle’s Iris solution really impressed us. We’ve been waiting for years for true innovation in the IFE world, and Iris delivers perfectly on our expectations.”

Iris, which launched in April 2021, is a cost-effective in-flight entertainment (IFE) subscription service for airlines. The platform is already used by more than 20 of Global Eagle’s major customers, with most of the company’s client airlines converting by mid-2021.

The COMSAT teleports form an essential part of the SD terrestrial infrastructure network

SD concludes global infrastructure upgrades

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The COMSAT teleports form an essential part of the SD terrestrial infrastructure network

Satcom Direct (SD) has completed the next phase of terrestrial expansion to its global private network.

To strengthen its ground infrastructure and augment redundancy the global satellite solutions provider has enhanced individual Points of Presence (PoPs) and upgraded its global network to support the increasing connectivity needs of its customers. The update includes expansion into the Asia Pacific region to provide additional connectivity options for customers and complements existing PoPs in North American and Europe.

The enhanced terrestrial network enables SD to deliver greater flexibility as an Internet Service Provider (ISP) for its business aviation, military and government customers operating around the world. This effort further strengthens its global infrastructure which incorporates the COMSAT Tier 4 certified east and west coast US-located teleports. As part of the Satcom Direct family of companies, COMSAT collaborates with the Melbourne, Florida-located Tier III rated, ISO 27001 certified SD Data Center to support delivery of a suite of cybersecurity solutions which maintain customer data integrity. Customers can also access cloud services and cloud service providers via the terrestrial network and SD Data Center customers can use the teleports as a bridge for both legacy and new network technologies.

“For our customers, who are often operating in mission-critical environments, resilient high-speed connectivity is essential, which is why we’ve made these investments. With the latest upgrades we are delivering enhanced services, applying value-added functionality through accelerated data transmission, enriching our network management, and most importantly keeping our customer data secure,” said Founder and CEO of SD, Jim Jensen.

This latest infrastructure upgrade follows recent physical antenna upgrades at the COMSAT teleports which bolstered capacity across its entire network. “SD delivers a progressive, advanced and interconnected global terrestrial network that supports more satellite constellation providers, and customers, than any other independently owned network. Our strategy is focused on our customers ensuring our satellite partners in orbit and our connectivity customers on the ground remain seamlessly and safely connected at all times,” concluded Jensen.

Personal growth education company, Mindvalley, has added four of its premium personal transformation courses, known as Quests, to Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system, Ice.

Mindvalley added to Emirates IFE line-up

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Personal growth education company, Mindvalley, has added four of its premium personal transformation courses, known as Quests, to Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system, Ice.

Personal growth education company, Mindvalley, has added four of its premium personal transformation courses, known as Quests, to Emirates’ in-flight entertainment system, ICE.

Courses include parenting, superbrain hacks, public speaking, finance and more , from the world’s top instructors.

“The pandemic has been the catalyst needed to prioritise personal growth and we are excited to bring positive change to travelers as flying picks up once again,” says Vishen Lakhiani, Founder and CEO of Mindvalley. “Mindvalley’s mission is to disrupt the education system by teaching skills that are traditionally overlooked at school. Now passengers can learn from the best teachers in the world on a campus that defies borders while flying onboard Emirates.”

As of April, the following Quests have been available:

Conscious Parenting by Dr. Shefali Tsabary – Receive the tools and perspective needed to nurture more authentic, fulfilled, and self-aware children.
Super Brain and 5 Steps to Powerful Memory by Jim Kwik – Activate your brain’s limitless potential.
Speak & Inspire by Lisa Nichols – Learn the power of good communication skills from the world’s most advanced public speaking course.
Becoming Extraordinary by Vishen Lakhiani – Become extraordinary by evolving the level of consciousness you operate from.
7 Days to Breaking Up with Sugar by Eric Edmeades — Permanently eliminate your sugar cravings
6 Phase Meditation with Vishen Lakhiani — Master meditation in less than 3 hours.5 Steps to Discover your Life Purpose by Michael Beckwith — Learn the principles that go beyond traditional goal setting and manifesting.

Emirates will soon add the following courses to the roster:
Money EQ by Ken Honda – Transform your relationship with money and open the floodgates to a life of free-flowing wealth and prosperity.
Everyday Blissby Paul McKenna, PhD – Become your calmer and more resilient self.

Gogo unveils unlimited streaming and data Wi-Fi plan

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Gogo is responding to the rising demand for data onboard business aircraft, with the introduction of business aviation’s first unlimited streaming and data plan in business aviation.

“Our customers’ hunger for data continues to grow, but they also want predictability in their billing,” said Jim MacDougall, Gogo’s vice president for product management. “Unlimited streaming and data gives them the ability to enjoy the benefits of our streaming plan while reducing or eliminating the risk of getting high overage bills for any given month.”

The Gogo Biz 4G Limitless plan is priced at US$9,995 per month and doesn’t require a separate data plan – all data on the aircraft is included under one unlimited plan.

“Others in business aviation claim to offer unlimited streaming and unlimited data, but when you read the fine print, you find they are limited to a single video stream and have other exceptions,” MacDougall added. “At Gogo, with our new unlimited plan, data is data and unlike competitors, we don’t put limitations on any of it.”

In addition to the unlimited streaming and data plan, Gogo is also offering two new high data plans: Gogo Biz 4G 20000 with 20GB of data, and Gogo Biz 4G 25000 with 25GB of data.

All three plans are available to Gogo AVANCE L5 customers. The 20GB and 25GB streaming plans are a continuation of Gogo’s existing service offerings and will use the same policies as the current Gogo Biz 4G 5GB, 10GB and 15GB plans. The plans are priced at $5,650 per month ($0.50/MB overage) and $6,495 per month ($0.45/MB overage), respectively.

OneWeb has opened a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund.

OneWeb opens sales and demo experience

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OneWeb has opened a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund.

OneWeb has opened a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund.

Situated in Buckinghamshire, UK, OneWeb’s facility welcomes customers to demonstrate the performance and potential applications of their satellite network in real-time.

The Service Demo showcases equipment and high-speed connectivity, and visitors are able to see the OneWeb network in action including download and upload speeds and latency. Sales support staff are on hand to discuss the technology, potential partnerships, testing requirements and further collaboration opportunities.

Focused on attracting partnerships with commercial communications or internet solution providers, the Service Demo experience will play a vital role in launching OneWeb’s unique service for UK businesses. The centre will develop a long-term commercial proposition for its technology in collaboration with the UK’s innovative satellite communications sector.

Michele Franci, Chief of Delivery at OneWeb, commented: “The launch of the Service Demo at the Westcott Innovation Centre is a significant moment for OneWeb, as we expand our UK presence and lead the way as a global gateway for space innovation. As we continue to develop and deliver a unique LEO network product for the world, the Service Demo will create engagement and partnerships using satellite technology, for the benefit of future generations.  The opening of this facility brings OneWeb closer to delivering on its mission to provide connectivity for people, businesses and governments, while potentially unlocking new research, development and manufacturing opportunities in the UK.”

Delta is to give every one of their 19,000+ flight attendants an iPhone 12 with access to AT&T’s nationwide 5G network.

Delta Air Lines to hand out iPhone 12 to all flight attendants

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Delta is to give every one of their 19,000+ flight attendants an iPhone 12 with access to AT&T’s nationwide 5G network.

Delta is to give every one of their 19,000+ flight attendants an iPhone 12 with access to AT&T’s nationwide 5G network.

“This relationship is a step towards the future of a more connected and human onboard experience,” commented Allison Ausband, Senior Vice President – In-Flight Service, Delta Air Lines

The iPhone 12 is powered by the Apple-designed A14 Bionic chip, one of the fastest in the industry which also efficiently manages battery life.

It also features a new flat-edge design with an aerospace-grade aluminium enclosure, and the Ceramic Shield front cover, which combine to offer a 4x better drop performance.

The iPhone 12 also has an IP68 rating for water-resistance, giving flight attendants peace of mind while working.  Viewing training and customer itineraries even in dim cabin lighting will be made easy with an expansive, edge-to-edge Super Retina XDR display with OLED for a brighter, more immersive viewing experience.

Delta will continue work with AT&T and Apple to develop new use cases and applications. This could mean utilising the potential of augmented reality (AR) to shape the future of air travel and the passenger experience with capabilities to more accurately assesses in-cabin inventory quickly using AR with the camera on iPhone 12. Additionally, immersive training using AR to help flight attendants perform critical tasks—from safety checks to passenger assistance— from nearly anywhere, could also be performed.

Delta utilised the trade-in value of iPhones to enable a cost-effective lease from AT&T Capital Services and Apple Financial Services.