LiveTV Wins Irish Airline Internet Contract
By Space Coast Daily // December 13, 2012
Passenger Product Begins In 2013
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Irish national airline Aer Lingus will soon provide customers on its European network with in-cabin Internet access thanks to a new partnership with Melbourne-based company LiveTV.
According to a press release issued by Aer Lingus, the new service will be available on Aer Lingus short-haul fleet, including Airbus A319/A320 and A321, from mid-2013.
The first aircraft to be fitted with the Internet capability is expected to launch mid-2013 and will provide services via the KA-SAT satellite operated by Eutelsat Communications that offers high speed internet access throughout Europe.
“We have been investigating ways to bring in-cabin connectivity to our customers for quite some time. We believe we have secured the best product in terms of speed, capacity and value for money,” said Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Kavanagh. “This initiative is in direct response to customer feedback, from both business and leisure customers alike. Having direct access to in-cabin Wi-Fi is top of our customers’ wish-lists. We look forward to enhancing our customers’ experience and working for many years to come with LiveTV and Eutelsat.”
LiveTV is a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways with corporate offices at 700 S. Babcock Street in Melbourne.
Company officials were pleased with the new agreement.
“We’re excited about adding Aer Lingus as our Ka-band European launch airline,” said Glenn Latta, President of LiveTV. “The decision by Ireland’s national carrier to select LiveTV’s Ka-band system validates that airlines are ready to skip first generation technologies and going straight to Ka-band, the most advanced services for true At Home in the Air broadband.”
LiveTV is the world’s leading provider of live in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems for commercial airlines. Founded in 1998 in Melbourne, Florida, LiveTV has installation and maintenance locations around the world to support the more than 600 commercial aircraft equipped with its products.
Current customers include JetBlue, Continental, Frontier, Alitalia, Virgin Australia, WestJet and Azul.
For more information, visit http://www.livetv.net/