San Fernando Valley Business Journal

Row 44 Adds Partnership With Russian Airline

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Inflight Wi-Fi and entertainment provider Row 44 Inc. announced today that it has inked a deal to provide service to its second Russian airline, UTair Aviation.

The Westlake Village company installs and provides the hardware that allows airlines to provide in-cabin Wi-Fi service to passengers. Its technology also allows airlines to provide inflight entertainment content for iPads, iPhones and other personal electronic devices.

“UTair is one of Russia’s most innovative and growth-focused airlines,” said Row 44 Chief Executive John LaValle, in a prepared statement. “We greatly appreciate UTair’s trust and confidence to deliver a superior connectivity experience for UTair’s passengers and crew.”

Row 44 has rapidly expanded in recent months, with Southwest Airlines, Allegiant Air and Icelandair all signing on to have the company’s equipment installed on planes. In June, it signed a deal with Russia’s Transaero Airlines.

By early 2013, the company’s services will be available in North America, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, South Africa and Russia. It has also expanded corporate operations into Moscow.

“We are operating in a technology-rich era where we see passengers today are more connected than ever to their friends, family, and businesses,” said UTair Chief Executive Andrei Martirosov, in a prepared statement. “Row 44 offers the only platform that both meets our desire to provide out passengers with reliable, affordable broadband, and the cutting-edge ability to deliver it to the devices passengers already use onboard.”

The installations are expected to begin late next year.

Kelly Goff