Row 44 in Exclusive Deal With Hughes Network Systems to Offer Broadband Access for Airlines

MALIBU, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Row 44, the leading provider of broadband satellite for the aviation industry, announces an exclusive agreement with Hughes Network Systems (HNS), the world’s leading satellite company, to bring broadband connectivity to North American commercial and business aircraft.

Testing of the service is scheduled for late 2005. According to Forrester Research Group, more than 700 million passenger boardings are expected for 2005, making Internet service in the air a multi-billion dollar market.

“HNS is proud to have been chosen by Row 44 and we are excited about bringing DIRECWAY broadband services to the aviation community,” said Paul Gaske, (Executive Vice President), North America Division of Hughes Network Systems. “DIRECWAY has proven its value in a variety of vertical market segments and will bring the same level of high quality service and value-added capabilities to customers when flying on commercial and corporate aircraft in North America.”

The Federal Communications Commission has most recently stated that Internet Access aboard aircraft is a priority for them, citing the need to be connected in the air. Row 44 will offer the most seamless and integrated service available and provide the highest speed connectivity in the market — up to 30 Mbps — cost effectively, to commercial and business aircraft. Gregg Fialcowitz, Row 44′s President, noted that “leveraging the successful DIRECWAY broadband satellite service means Row 44 can deliver a uniform, high- quality service without having to develop a unique, expensive service offering.”

Row 44 is in discussions with a number of major airlines and owners of business jet fleets.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, Inc. (HNS), a wholly owned subsidiary of The DIRECTV Group, Inc., is the world’s leading provider of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services, which it markets globally under the DIRECWAY(R) brand.

About Row 44

Row 44 will be the leading provider of broadband satellite for the aviation industry, offering high-speed Internet access for airplanes around the world. Through an exclusive relationship with Hughes Network Systems (HNS), Row 44 is the only company positioned to deliver seamless uninterrupted broadband services using the world’s largest fleet of commercial satellites to airlines and private aviation via satellite. For more information, please visit

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