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4553 Glencoe Avenue

Marina Del Rey

Los Angeles, CA 90292

United States

Phone: 310-437-6000


Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. provides aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry worldwide. The company, through its product and services platform, provides airlines with a range of in-flight solutions, including Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, and interactive software, as well as portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions, and original content development. Segments The company’s business includes two segments, Connectivity and Content. Connectivity segment This segment provides the company’s airline partners and their passengers with Wi-Fi connectivity through Ku-band satellite transmissions, and to a lesser extent operations solutions to airline customers. This segment offers specialized network equipment, media applications and premium content services that enable airline passengers to access in-flight Internet, live television, on-demand content, texting services, shopping and travel-related information, as well as real-time data and operations solutions that enable airlines to improve their internal operations. With the company’s Airconnect solution installed on approximately 700 aircraft, the company operates a major fleet of aircraft improved with satellite-based in-flight connectivity (IFC) services. The company’s connectivity system enables aircraft to connect to orbiting satellites, including Ku-band satellites and the soon-to-be launched Ku-band High Throughput Satellites, and to communicate with existing satellite ground earth stations. The company’s connectivity solution provides airline passengers with Wi-Fi based Internet access, live television, on-demand content, texting services, shopping, and flight and destination information. The company obtains satellite coverage through Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), a global satellite services company; and New Skies Satellites B.V. (SES), an affiliate of SES. S.A., a major global satellite services provider. In 2014, the company entered into a multi-year agreement with SES to provide additional Ku-band satellite coverage beyond the company’s existing satellite commitments, including future Ku- HTS coverage. With the completion of two acquisitions in August 2015, including Marks Systems, Inc. (doing business as masFlight) (masFlight) and NavAero AB (navAero), the company began generating revenue from operations solutions. Operations solutions capture, process and deliver aircraft operational, administrative and crew-related data and analytics to drive operational savings for the company’s airline customers. Products and Services With 24-hour operations, aircraft equipped with the company’s Airconnect system serve approximately 35 million passengers annually. Airconnect offers a Ku satellite-based IFE and connectivity solution that provides an IFC choice for any airline, of any size, anywhere in the world. The company’s platform provides airlines with a single resource for global connectivity and the latest sought-after content and rich digital media solutions that entertain and engage passengers. At the same time, it provides airlines the opportunity to differentiate and monetize their IFC offering. The company’s Airconnect service is offerable worldwide to various airlines. Through the service, airline passengers could connect to the Internet through their personal Wi-Fi enabled devices. In many areas of the world, Airconnect passengers could access the Internet from the moment they enter the aircraft until they reach their destination, providing them with gate-to-gate connectivity unlike other IFC services. As a white-label provider of connectivity services, the company provides its airline customers flexibility in how they want to brand and price the Airconnect service to their passengers. In order to implement the company’s connectivity services, the company also provides its airline customers with the following: Connectivity Equipment: The company sells and leases equipment that enables its satellite-based services to operate on aircraft. The company’s equipment is generally shipped and sold as a single kit, wit


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