While major regional airlines dither, Thai low cost carrier implements WiFi in cabin
Los Angeles /Bangkok, June 19, 2014: Thai-based low cost aireline,Nok Air, will soon have the distinction of offering passengers WiFi connectivity while in flight. The airline has turned to Los Angeles( California), US-based provider of airline content and connectivity solutions, Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) , to equip their entire fleet with satellite-based connectivity and content services.
This is a first for a South East Asian carrier, with Nok Air being the first airline to benefit from a partnership between GEE and Thaicom Public Company Limited (THAICOM). In addition to Nok Air, GEE and THAICOM will jointly develop, implement and support inflight connectivity solutions for airlines in Thailand and across South East Asia.
Says GEE CEO John LaVille: “We’re thrilled to provide market-leading connectivity and content solutions to Nok Air and its passengers. GEE’s connectivity service operates over both land and water, making it the ideal solution for airlines such as Nok Air that have numerous over-water routes. Supported by our partnership with THAICOM, we remain focused on further expanding our presence across the growing South East Asia region.”
Adds Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin: “As the truly Thai low-cost airline owned by Thais, Nok Air strives to differentiate its services by enabling passengers to be both productive and entertained when they fly. The quality and reliability of GEE’s service, combined with Nok Air’s commitment to providing innovative services, will further enhance our brand and strengthen our offering to passengers.”
Established in 2004, Nok Air operates from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport with a fleet of 15 Boeing 737-800 and 2 ATR 72-500 aircraft, serving 22 domestic routes and 1 international route