The launch of the B777 equipped with the GMIS IFE system; Project ‘Kansas’; ConneXion by Boeing; WAEA Board of Directors; just a few of the challenging projects undertaken by our guest today on the PME Interview. Mary Rogozinski is a familiar face in our industry working at United Airlines for many years before switching to become an Account Manager at connectivity provider Gogo. Along the way she served as President of WAEA in both 2003 and 2004. In a fascinating look back at some key events in the development of inflight entertainment and connectivity, Mary recalls her illustrious career with Steve Harvey.
Cast your mind back to APEX EXPO in September 2014. Our keynote speaker was Ed Shapiro, a Partner at PAR Capital Investment, an industry investor with substantial holdings in IFE companies such as Lumexis and Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE). Ed had some extremely insightful remarks on the value of our industry to airlines and the future direction for connectivity. If you missed Ed’s keynote speech or would like to re-visit it, then here’s your opportunity as Steve Harvey meets Ed Shapiro.
APEX has long recognized the importance of agreed technical standards and has now appointed the association’s first Technical Director, Bryan Rusenko. Bryan is a familiar face in the IFE industry having worked previously for laboratories Intersound, Crest and more recently Technicolor. Bryan has been a long term contributor to and a past Chairman of the APEX Technical Committee. In this latest PME Interview, Bryan discusses his new role with Steve Harvey.
Two for the price of one in this week’s PME Interview. For airlines, distributors and content service providers, Éric Lauzon, Inflight Entertainment Manager at Air Canada, discusses how the airline has devised innovative ways of helping passengers with visual or hearing impairment enjoy the inflight entertainment on Air Canada. Then Éric reveals some of the exciting changes to this years’ TV Market. It’s now bigger, better and re-launched as the APEX Multi Media Market held this year in Prague. If you’re involved in any aspect of inflight entertainment whether as an airline, a CSP or a distributor of movies or TV programs, this is a must see interview.
Take a flight on a modern wide bodied aircraft and you can guarantee personalized in-flight entertainment at every seat. Fly on a narrow bodied aircraft and chances are that there will be little or no entertainment apart, perhaps, from a moving map display. So the race is on to equip the world’s narrow body fleet with wireless in-flight entertainment, or WIFE for short, streamed to passengers own portable electronic devices. It’s already a crowded market with airlines able to choose from more than a dozen competing solutions. To throw some light on the technology involved and the potential market for would be suppliers, Steve Harvey talks to the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Global Eagle, Patrick Prefontaine.