ViaSat selected for in-flight Wi-Fi on American’s 737 MAX

ViaSat Ka-band in-flight Wi-Fi coverage.
ViaSat Ka-band in-flight Wi-Fi coverage.

American Airlines has selected ViaSat to outfit its new Boeing 737 MAX fleet with ViaSat’s in-flight Wi-Fi service.

ViaSat says its in-flight internet service has been recognized with multiple industry awards for delivering the best performing, highest-quality and fastest in-flight internet experience.

The service encourages higher passenger engagement per plane by offering an ‘at home’ internet experience when in-flight – with the ability to stream movies, videos, television and music, as well as surf the web, upload pictures to social media, email large files and more.

The new American planes will tap into the power of ViaSat’s high capacity Ka-band satellite system, which will include ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms, which it says has more capacity in orbit than any other in-flight Wi-Fi provider.

American will leverage ViaSat’s first two generation satellite platforms, which together provide more capacity than all of the commercial satellites over North America combined.

When the first ViaSat-3 class satellite platform launches in 2019, it will more than double the capacity again.

In-flight Wi-Fi

Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO, said: “Our satellite bandwidth enables an ’at home’ in-flight Wi-Fi internet experience that can serve everyone on the plane – and empowers innovative business models for airlines and their passengers.

“We are delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work with American Airlines and help fulfil their goal of delivering the best in-flight Wi-Fi experience throughout their fleet.

“We believe we are now approaching the end of an era where passengers have paid very high prices for very slow connections. Our agreement highlights a significant initial step for American to deliver an onboard Wi-Fi experience every passenger will want to use.”

The first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with the ViaSat in-flight internet system are scheduled to go into service in September 2017.

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