A new MOU between GDC Technics and SaudiGulf Airlines (SGA) will see the introduction of new IFE and high-bandwidth satellite internet technology across SGA’s fleet. Spanning five years, the agreement will involve equipping more than 30 aircraft, including A320neo, A321neo and B787 types.
“GDC is pleased to have SGA as a new customer and technology collaboration partner as we bring these entirely unique, cost-effective solutions to market,” said Brad Foreman, CEO of GDC Technics. “SGA is redefining the airline and the passenger experience with a keen focus on new ways passengers can use the internet and media services. In this regard, GDC Technics is proud to introduce its Cube IFE solution and Falcon 300 connectivity system, which offers the airline customer unmatched performance and entertainment features.”
The Falcon 300 connectivity suite is designed to provide a solid backbone for the inflight media experience. The system has demonstrated performance in excess of 300Mbps and the agility to support GEO, MEO and LEO service provisioning. The companies say the solution’s performance and reliability will ensure extraordinary media and application responsiveness, even if every passenger uses it. The Falcon 300 system also looks to a future when the airline will have new service provider choices, which can be harnessed to continually increase performance.
“SaudiGulf Airlines is partnering with GDC Technics in order to offer unmatched capability in the world, by providing the most advanced, cutting-edge technology in airborne connectivity and a disruptive large-screen 4K in-seat IFE to SGA passengers,” said Abdalmalik Al-Qahtani, SGA board member.
GDC Technics’ Cube seatback IFE system represents a clean-sheet approach to passenger entertainment. It is designed as a simple and modular extension to the Falcon 300. Cube leverages mobile computing technologies, coupled with an installation and support infrastructure designed to offer minimised weight, power and cost per seat. The system includes a wireless modular seatback tablet media hub with a multicore processor, Android operating environment, multimode/multichannel wireless interfaces and a 4K/UHD screen.
The company says Cube’s flexible design allows the system to be easily upgraded, giving airlines the ability to stay current with tablet technology. Seatback screens will be powered via sidewall disconnects and are installed without seat boxes or unique in-seat wiring, enabling airlines to easily change seating configurations without seat or harness redesign.