Viasat and Honeywell have announced an expanded agreement where Honeywell, as part of its GoDirect Cabin Connectivity suite of services, will offer Viasat’s high-speed Ka-band in-flight internet service to large and mid-cabin business jet customers.
By offering Viasat’s service it says Honeywell GoDirect customers can conduct business or experience entertainment at 40,000 feet, as they do on the ground.
It says the capacity offered through Viasat’s Ka-band network enables all passengers onboard to efficiently conduct business or enjoy cloud-based entertainment—at any altitude and at faster speeds with the industry’s current fastest speeds offered on all plans, regardless of data allowance.
They can also watch live streaming TV with minimal-to-no impact on the data plan. Business jet owners and their passengers will also be able to view live TV news and sports with an additional subscription without impact to the data plan or the need for a separate antenna.
For business jet travellers interested in the best global primary and backup connectivity service, Viasat’s Ku-band service, available via GoDirect, includes global Ku-band data on all Ka-band plans, 40 GB and larger, at no additional service cost.
This service will be available for aircraft properly equipped with Viasat’s dual-band, Ka-/Ku-band shipset.
Viasat’s business aviation in-flight internet service will use Viasat’s business-class shipset, the Global Aero Terminal 5510.
Jerry Goodwin, vice president, Global Network Services, Viasat, said: “Whether connecting for business or pleasure, we’re proving on more than 2,000 Viasat Ka-band equipped flights daily that internet speeds and performance can be comparable in the air and the ground.
“By expanding our partnership with GoDirect we’re bringing a new internet service quality to the business aviation market. We’re enabling more business jet owners to be productive and access the applications they need and want in densely populated airspace, at the speeds and reliability they expect.”
GoDirect will offer the Viasat Ka-band and dual-band service to new Viasat customers, as well as their current Viasat Ku-band customers interested in migrating to or adding Viasat Ka-band service. Certified units of the Viasat Ka-band shipset will be available for several business jet airframes in the second half of 2018.