Viasat has announced an exclusive distributor agreement with StandardAero to offer a high-speed connectivity package for Bombardier Global business jets.
The package will cover Viasat’s Ka-band and dual-band Ka-/Ku-band equipment, inclusive of the Viasat shipset, radome and STC, for all Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.
Through this agreement, operators and other maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shops of Bombardier Global aircraft can work directly with StandardAero to install Viasat’s in-flight connectivity system on the select named Bombardier models.
Jerry Goodwin, Vice President, Global Network Services, Viasat, said: “Owners and operators of Bombardier Global aircraft no longer have to wait to install the industry’s fastest, most robust in-flight connectivity system for their business jets — they can install Viasat’s advanced business jet connectivity system today.
“Our in-flight connectivity service is proven to support more passengers and more devices simultaneously through all phases of flight, when performing bandwidth-intensive applications, including accessing virtual private networks, or streaming high-definition video calls, cloud content or live TV entertainment.
“And with our dual-band solution, operators will have access to more global coverage, redundancy and still have Viasat’s highest-speed Ka-band solution.”
StandardAero will offer Viasat’s business aviation dual-band, Ku-band and Ka-band shipsets, including the Global Aero Terminal 5510, which will tap into the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and European Ka-band satellite platforms, and will be forward-compatible with Viasat’s future-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3 — enabling use of the ViaSat-3 capacity with no additional hardware upgrades.
ViaSat-3 is an ultra-high capacity satellite platform, which will comprise three ViaSat-3 class satellites offering global coverage. Each ViaSat-3 satellite is expected to deliver one terabit per second capacity, which is around the estimated total network capacity of commercial communications satellites in space today.
“Our business jet customers want fast, reliable internet—no matter where they fly,” said Marc Drobny, president, StandardAero Business Aviation.
“As the only master distributor of Viasat’s Ka-band and dual-band packages, we have an opportunity to work with our Bombardier Global aircraft customers as well as other MROs and set them up with a connectivity solution that will leverage the latest satellite technology for faster speeds, more capacity and improved performance today and well into the future.
“We are proud to expand our industry leadership in connectivity solutions with this exciting partnership—especially as more business jet customers want to get online, globally.”