American Airlines to outfit 500 more aircraft with ViaSat

ViaSat Ka coverage - click to enlarge.
ViaSat Ka coverage – click to enlarge.

Bloomberg reports that American Airlines plans to install fast Ka-band Wi-Fi on 500 more aircraft in its domestic fleet, bolstering an earlier order for ViaSat.

American has more than 1,100 aircraft with inflight connectivity.

ViaSat talked about an order from a “major North American airline” in its second quarter fiscal year results.

The ViaSat installations will begin in the summer of 2017.

American Airlines

American Airlines announced in June that it had 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 recognised with multiple industry awards for delivering the best performing, highest-quality and fastest in-flight internet experience.

ViaSat’s largest North American customer to date has been JetBlue, which provides the service to passengers for free through a marketing partnership with Amazon.

At the close of the second quarter of fiscal year 2016/2017, ViaSat said its in-flight internet service was deployed on 533 commercial aircraft.

On 4 February 2016 American Airlines sent Gogo a letter notifying it that it intended to invoke provisions in their agreement saying it may give Gogo notice that it might move to an alternative inflight connectivity provider that could supply a faster service.

The aircraft in question were fitted with Gogo’s Air-to-Ground (ATG) solution. The system uses a network of land-based radio towers and antennas mounted on the underside of the aircraft.

Gogo will still be installing other aircraft in American’s domestic fleet with its 2Ku satellite solution and Panasonic continues to provide connectivity for its international wide-body fleet.

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