Thales Group’s acquisition of LiveTV expands the French company’s already extensive inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offerings with complementary technologies, and could jump-start LiveTV’s efforts to expand its reach from the cabin to airline operations. The $400 million all-cash deal, announced March 13, ends JetBlue’s multi-year effort to shed a valuable, but non-core, asset. It also expands Thales’ already-formidable IFEC presence, which began in 1999 with the purchase ...

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