LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. ("GEE") (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry, today announced the launch of AIRPRO on the heels of a successful trial with Canadian airline First Air. AIRPRO is a fully automated inflight operations workflow management solution that enables airlines and their flight crews to digitize their entire work flow.
Using AIRPRO on iPads, First Air's flight crews can handle a broad range of real-time inflight operations assignments and tasks during flights from Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton to nearly 30 northern Canadian destinations. Forms can be completed on a tablet during flight, submitted via Wi-Fi or 3G once the plane has landed, and later analyzed for operational efficiencies and savings. Flight attendants can easily process passenger food and beverage purchases, track menu-related inventories and manage promotional and northern merchandise sales using the AIRPRO Buy-on-Board feature. AIRPRO also puts passenger lists, real-time connecting flight information and flight manuals at the flight crew's fingertips.
"GEE has enabled First Air to take control of inflight operations like never before, by putting real-time data and passenger experience-related decisions in the hands of our flight crews," said Bert van der Stege, Vice President Commercial at First Air, the first Canadian airline to utilize the tablet-based workflow solution. "The AIRPRO Buy-on-Board application has allowed us to cut down significantly on passenger food and beverage inventories based on inflight service analysis, which has led to significant cost savings per flight", he said. "We're looking forward to tailoring additional efficiencies with GEE that will continue to enhance the First Air passenger experience in the months and years ahead."
"AIRPRO's modular features are fully customizable, enabling airlines to integrate any applications at any time. AIRPRO can easily be combined with GEE's AIRCONNECT inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) solution for a unique and enhanced end-to-end offering and passenger experience," said Walé Adepoju, Chief Commercial Officer for GEE. "First Air is extremely innovative in its operational approach, and GEE is proud to play an instrumental role in enabling the airline to streamline its operations across Canada."
For more information about GEE and its new AIRPRO Operations Data solution, visit http://www.geemedia.com/products/operations-solutions/airpro
About First Air
First Air is Canada's largest northern carrier with a fleet of 20 aircraft and 970 employees. With a fleet of B737s and ATR 42/72s, the airline serves 29 northern destinations and four major cities in Canada. Headquartered in Ottawa, the Airline of the North has its two main hubs in Iqaluit and Yellowknife. First Air also offers specialized charter services with its gravel equipped B737-200s and fleet of ATR.
About Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE)
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT) is a worldwide provider of media content, connectivity systems and operational data solutions to the travel industry. Through the industry's most comprehensive product and services platform, Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines with a wide range of inflight solutions. These include Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable IFE solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions and original content development. Serving over 150 airlines worldwide, Global Eagle Entertainment delivers exceptional quality and value to its customers to help them achieve their passenger experience objectives. The company's headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with offices and teams located in North America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and South America. Find out more at: www.geemedia.com.
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