ViaSat and Boeing have initiated an evaluation process to make ViaSat’s Ka-band in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity line-fit on Boeing commercial aircraft.
ViaSat claims its Exede service offers the fastest in-flight internet speeds – typically eight to 10 times faster – than any other in-flight Wi-Fi system available today.
Under the terms of this new agreement, ViaSat’s Ka-band airborne satellite terminal will be evaluated as a factory line-fit option on Boeing aircraft.
“Our agreement with Boeing is an important milestone giving our airline customers the ability to get the best onboard Wi-Fi system delivered with their new aircraft,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Mobility at ViaSat.
“By selecting ViaSat in-flight communications for Boeing’s fleet, airlines now can differentiate their in-flight internet service with a flexible, sustainable business model that will continue to create value as more passengers use the service.”
John Craig, chief engineer of Cabin and Network Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes continued: “In initiating the evaluation process with long-time partner ViaSat, we now look to add ViaSat airborne terminals to our line-fit factory options. This will give Boeing’s commercial airline customers a new cost- and time-effective high-bandwidth connectivity choice for their airplanes.”
ViaSat says its in-flight internet service has won more industry awards in the past 12-months than any other system, including the Crystal Cabin Award, Excellence in Avionics Award, the Via Satellite Excellence Award and the APEX Avion Award.
The Exede service operates on nearly 500 aircraft giving passengers and crew access to high-speed web browsing, streaming media and productivity applications.
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