EL AL launches Viasat inflight Wi-Fi on transatlantic flights

An EL AL Boeing 737-800 in flight.
An EL AL Boeing 737-800 in flight.

Viasat has announced that EL AL Israel Airlines has launched its Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi service on transatlantic flights.

The inflight connectivity service will use the advanced ViaSat-2 satellite to bring high-speed internet to key EL AL routes flying to and from major North American destinations including: New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami as well as San Francisco and Las Vegas, when flights to these destinations begin in May and June 2019 respectively.

The Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi service offers an at-home or office experience in the sky, keeping flight crews connected for enhanced passenger service and enabling passengers using smartphones, tablets or laptop computers the ability to browse websites, connect to email and instant messaging, use apps and social networks and to stream music and/or films when in-flight.

When flying on transatlantic routes, the system will connect to the ViaSat-2 satellite, which offers high-quality Ka-band capacity over the Atlantic Ocean, giving passengers a high-performing internet connection from across North America and the Atlantic Ocean to Europe.

EL AL CEO Gonen Usishkin said: “We are well aware of our customers’ needs and interests in having an onboard reliable Wi-Fi system. We are proud to present the best in-flight Wi-Fi product — delivered by our partner Viasat —that will enable connectivity for our passengers flying from Israel to North American destinations.

“We have invested great efforts to provide our customers on these routes with the most advanced, innovative Wi-Fi system in the aviation world.”

Viasat chairman and CEO Mark Dankberg added: “We’ve had a long, and successful partnership with the team at EL AL. Looking back at the start of our partnership, EL AL selected Viasat because they had confidence in our ability to make their vision for in-flight connectivity a reality—from optimizing passenger satisfaction with great in-flight Wi-Fi experiences to ensuring passengers could enjoy enriching entertainment when flying over the Atlantic Ocean.

“We’re proud to be able to help EL AL realise their vision for the connected aircraft.”

Today, the Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi service is available on the airlines’ eight new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, eight Boeing 737-900 aircraft and two Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

EL AL offers three in-flight Wi-Fi packages—Basic, Social and Business—which can be purchased during the flight through the EL AL Wi-Fi portal via credit card, EL AL Matmid Club points or FLY CARD. EL AL’s top Platinum Matmid members can enjoy the in-flight Wi-Fi service for free.

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