Row 44 partners for in-flight connectivity over China

Row 44 parent Global Eagle Entertainment signed an MoU with China Satellite Communications to jointly develop, implement and support in-flight connectivity solutions for Chinese airlines as well as to support what the companies describe as "approved connectivity" for non-Chinese airlines that fly into and over China. "Our partnership will put in place a highly specialized infrastructure so that airlines can enable and reliably provide their in-flight connectivity offerings to the millions of passengers they serve," said John LaValle, CEO of Global Eagle, whose Row 44 subsidiary provides in-flight Wi-Fi and device-based entertainment. Under the MoU, Row 44 will supply its satellite-based in-flight connectivity platform, including hardware and software as well as program management, to the partnership. Chinasatcom owns and operates 13 satellites and four earth stations, and maintains relationships with satellite owners worldwide. For more, see this joint press release.