Row 44 Signs Another Russian Airline

Westlake Village-based in-flight wireless and entertainment hardware provider Row 44 has signed up its second Russian airline customer, the firm said this week. Row 44 said that it has added UTair Aviation, which it called a "leading airline" in Russia, as a customer for its high-speed Internet access and entertainment service. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed, and Row 44 did not say how many planes UTair plans to install with its systems. Row 44's inflight Wi-Fi services are powered via a satellite communications deal, which has given Row 44 a larger footprint and ability to handle trans-oceanic wireless, compared with some of its competitors. Row 44 said the installations for UTair will begin in the third quarter of 2013. Row 44 is led by John LaValle.