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SAS rolling out Viasat-enabled inflight connectivity on short-haul

Viasat logoScandinavian Airlines is rolling out Viasat-enabled inflight connectivity (IFC) aboard its short-haul fleet. The Ka-band satellite-based IFC has been installed on seven aircraft with a full rollout scheduled for completion in 2020.

SAS says by partnering with Viasat, it can offer speeds of 12 Mbps and higher to each passenger, ensuring time spent onboard will be “more productive and more enjoyable with streaming TV, music and movies”.

The service is being delivered by the KA-SAT satellite, which is jointly owned by Viasat and Eutelsat via a joint venture.

Rickard Gustafson, President and CEO of SAS, said: “Many of our customers are frequent flyers and we play an important part in the lives of many people.

“The upgrade we implemented on our long-haul aircraft gained a very positive reception and we are now upgrading our short- and medium-haul fleet, which will also include high-speed WiFi with speeds that enable time onboard to be utilised for work or to relax and enjoy a streamed movie or TV series.

“As both passengers and crew onboard are now connected, we can take our personal service to greater heights while continuing to develop our digital, smart solutions that make life easier.”

SAS says it is committed to delivering seamless Wi-Fi travel experiences where passengers can access all of their content and information from anywhere: at home, at the airport or onboard.

It claims the new onboard high-speed Wi-Fi service gives passenger’s gate-to-gate internet access with the fastest speed available on the market.

Mark Dankberg, Chairman and CEO, Viasat, said: “In working with SAS, we are making the internet accessible, fast and easy-to-use at 35,000 feet.

“Only by coupling the Viasat end-to-end service platform with Eutelsat’s European satellite connectivity, can we enable airlines, like SAS, to offer a best-in-class onboard Wi-Fi service in Europe for free to EuroBonus-members and SAS Plus passengers.”

In addition to streaming, social media and traditional workplace applications, passengers can also expect to get better assistance from the cabin crew, which have been recently equipped with iPad Minis that will be connected to the WiFi system.

With new high-speed WiFi capabilities SAS crew will be able to access flight and passenger information, before take-off, during the flight and after the flight lands.

This includes helping passengers check if their flight is on time to the status of connecting flights, check their EuroBonus account or even book a EuroBonus flight, shop in the EuroBonus store, rent a car, book a taxi to meet them at the airport or even tell SAS crew members what they thought of the service – all while onboard.

Onboard WiFi will be free on short-haul flights for all SAS EuroBonus members and SAS Plus ticket holders.

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SAS rolling out Viasat-enabled inflight connectivity on short-haul was last modified: May 16th, 2018 by Steve Nichols
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