BEIJING, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AirMedia Group Inc. ("AirMedia" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: AMCN), an operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers as well as a first-mover in the travel Wi-Fi market, today announced that the Company, through its subsidiary Beijing AirMedia Tianyi Information Technology Co., Ltd.("AirMedia Tianyi"), has entered into a framework cooperation agreement (the "Agreement") with China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (NYSE: CEA) through CEA's joint venture with, China Eastern Airlines Media Co., Ltd. ("CEA Media"), that will leverage AirMedia's capabilities in supporting CEA's Wi-Fi service upgrade to benefit passengers.
China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (NYSE: CEA) is one of China's three major airlines. Currently, it operates a fleet of over 600 aircraft, with an average age of less than 5.5 years, one of the youngest fleets among major airlines in the world. As a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, CEA serves over 100 million passengers globally and ranks 7th in the world. Through its air network, CEA now reaches 1,052 destinations in 177 countries. Currently, CEA has aero-mobile internet services for 74 of its aircraft, comprising 70% of China's aero-mobile internet market. Each year, there are going to be more than 300 new passenger planes for domestic civil aviation, among which 50 wide-bodied aircrafts will be put into the market. It is estimated that the whole aero-mobile internet market scale is going to be more than 10 billion.
Pursuant to the Agreement, AirMedia Tianyi will have exclusive cooperation rights with CEA over its aero entertainment resources and information as well as duty free business, which makes AirMedia Tianyi the first third-party company that provides real commercialized operations for airlines' air and ground internet system. The terms of the Agreement include but are not limited to product planning, design, research and development, high quality content resources infusion, advertisements, platform operation, optimization and adjustments and product marketing etc.
As part of the Agreement, both parties agree to take advantages of their high quality resources and industry preponderance to conduct operations, and sales and marketing cooperation. Through this cooperation, AirMedia Tianyi will help CEA to utilize its A-class technology, resources, operational and liquidation capabilities and other strong advantages to transform CEA's business platform into a leading global in-flight entertainment platform. Furthermore, AirMedia Tianyi will turn the large scale investment of air to ground internet equipment, system and link into high quality passenger experience while also bringing high income to the airlines.
Mr. Herman Man Guo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AirMedia, stated, "We are excited to announce this cooperation with China Eastern Airlines Media Co., Ltd. With this collaboration, we expect CEA Media to benefit from our next generation outdoor advertising practices and expertise. We look forward to the impact of this agreement on our upcoming performance as we expand our client base and enter new markets."
About AirMedia Group Inc.
Incorporated in 2007 and headquartered in Beijing, China, AirMedia Group Inc. (AMCN) is an operator of out-of-home advertising platforms in China targeting mid-to-high-end consumers as well as a first-mover in the travel Wi-Fi market. AirMedia sells advertisements on the routes operated by several Chinese airlines and at Sinopec's service stations in China. AirMedia also has concession rights to operate the Wi-Fi systems on trains administered by eight railway administrative bureaus in China as well as on many long-haul buses in China. For more information, please visit http://www.airmedia.net.cn.
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