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GEE Announces Airconnect Global™ Ka-band High-speed Antenna

LOS ANGELES and HOLZGERLINGEN, Germany, April 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) (Nasdaq:ENT), a worldwide leading provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to airlines, today announced the development of the new Airconnect Global Ka high-speed antenna.

The new antenna, developed in partnership with QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH (QEST), a leading developer of high performance antenna systems, adds Ka-band capability to the current Airconnect Global antenna platform.

By offering Ku- and Ka- band capability on a single antenna platform, GEE’s open architecture will allow customers to select the most efficient satellite solution for global flight operations. The design of the Airconnect Global Ka antenna is compatible with GEE's current installation architecture and Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs), and meets the requirements for future linefit installations.

In 2015, GEE announced the development of its next generation Airconnect Global Ku antenna. This antenna operates consistently at all latitudes on Ku networks worldwide, offering reliability, high connectivity speeds and global coverage. The expansion adds Ka-band compatibility to the core antenna architecture, with target certification for Ka-band capability in early 2017.

"We're excited to announce the development program of our new Airconnect Global Ka solution,” explained Aditya Chatterjee, Senior Vice President of Connectivity Systems and Chief Technology Officer of GEE. “Our Ka-band antenna extends our technology leadership in inflight connectivity and shares core architecture with our proven Ku-band platform, reducing time to market and certification complexity. This streamlines operations and line support for our customers.”

“A common Ku- and Ka-band antenna platform is part of our long-term vision of providing airlines fast, cost-efficient, broadband Internet access around the globe,” said Dave Davis, Chief Executive Officer of GEE.

"We're delighted to work closely with GEE to expand our inflight connectivity antenna program to Ka-band,” added Dr. Jörg Oppenländer, CTO at QEST. "With our design expertise in high performance antenna systems, we will provide GEE and its customers with a technology solution that takes full advantage of both Ka and Ku performance capabilities and platform commonality.”

About Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE)
Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq:ENT) is a worldwide provider of aircraft connectivity systems, operations solutions and media content to the travel industry. Through the industry's most comprehensive product and services platform, Global Eagle Entertainment provides airlines with a wide range of in-flight solutions. These include Wi-Fi, movies, television, music, interactive software, as well as portable IFE solutions, content management services, e-commerce solutions, original content development, operational data warehousing and flight crew information solutions. Serving more than 200 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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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jenelle Benoit
Director, Marketing & Communications
+1 310-321-6612
pr@geemedia.com

Kevin Trosian
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
+1 310-740-8624
Investor.relations@geemedia.com

Source:Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.