ViaSat has announced that long-time airline partner, EL AL Israel Airlines, has selected its in-flight connectivity system to power the airline’s high-speed onboard Wi-Fi experience across all of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
EL AL Israel Airlines recently announced the purchase of 16 new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft as part of its focus on customer service and innovation.
Powering this experience is ViaSat’s in-flight internet equipment, which will connect to ViaSat-2, which it claims is the highest capacity communications satellite in the world, giving EL AL passengers a high-speed, high-quality internet connection from across North America and the Atlantic Ocean to Europe.
Its says the satellite will offer the most Ka-band capacity across the TransAtlantic bridge, allowing EL AL passengers to stream more internet content faster, as well as keep flight crews connected for enhanced passenger service.
El AL will also be able to connect to the ViaSat/Eutelsat jointly-owned KA-SAT satellite, which offers capacity over Europe.
The in-flight internet equipment is optimised to take full advantage of both satellite systems.
Nimrod Borovitz, Head of Strategy and Business development, EL AL Israel Airlines, said: “EL AL is dedicated to ensuring passenger comfort – and having the most advanced aircraft in our fleet with the most advanced internet service onboard fulfils this commitment.
“We made a promise to our passengers as well as our flight and ground crew to deliver the future of the connected aircraft, where we could provide on-the-ground internet experiences – with the industry’s fastest speeds and highest quality – at 35,000 feet. By partnering with ViaSat, we feel confident we can achieve this goal.”
Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility, ViaSat, added: “We built ViaSat-2 with an airline like EL AL in mind, giving complete access to fast and reliable internet across their flight routes from North America to Tel Aviv.
“EL AL was our launch customer in Europe, and we have built a strong, collaborative partnership – one that is founded on innovation and service excellence.
“We are proud to be their in-flight internet partner-of-choice, and will continue to bring new innovations, from ViaSat-2 coupled with our in-flight internet equipment, to help EL AL meet their pledge to passenger service, quality and commitment.”
ViaSat’s next-generation satellite network covers the European continent through its joint venture with Eutelsat. This service is deployed on EL AL Boeing 737s flying routes from Tel Aviv into several European cities.
First installations of ViaSat’s in-flight internet equipment on the new EL AL Dreamliner aircraft are expected to be completed directly out of the Boeing factory in early 2018.