Neos, the Italian leisure airline, and Viasat have announced that Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity service will be offered on Neos’ fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Viasat says the airline selected it for the company’s “industry-leading satellite communications systems, which are widely-recognised for delivering high-value, premium in-flight internet performance-at-scale”.
Carlo Stradiotti, CEO, Neos, said: “Viasat has a reputation for delivering superior, highly-reliable in-flight internet experiences – and we are happy to provide this level of service to all Neos guests today and well into the future.
“We’re excited about Viasat’s global communications roadmap – as we’ll have access to the world’s most advanced satellite systems to help realise our goal: to deploy fully connected capabilities across our entire modernised fleet.”
To meet the growing broadband demands of its passengers, Neos will have access to Viasat’s current satellite communications systems in North America to the Caribbean and tip of northern South America; over the Atlantic Ocean; in Europe, through its jointly-owned satellite; as well as the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation under development.
Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Aviation at Viasat, said: “We’re driven to meet our airline partners’ current and future connectivity needs by bringing proven, scalable communications technology to their fleets.
“In working with Neos, we recognised their interest to bring a best-in-class and reliable in-flight internet experience to every passenger—with fast in-flight web browsing and rich online media streaming.
“We’re confident that our system’s superior capacity, consistency and growing reach will meet Neos’ long-term in-flight connectivity requirements.”
In addition to tapping into Viasat’s high-capacity communications satellite via the latest-generation Viasat in-flight internet equipment, the airline will also work with Viasat on a customised portal, giving passengers an easy interface to connect to the onboard Wi-Fi system.
Established in 2001, Neos is an Italian leisure airline with its headquarters in Somma Lombardo and main base at Milan-Malpensa Airport.
It operates an all-Boeing fleet with flights to destinations in southern Europe, West and East Africa, Indian Ocean Asia, the Caribbean and Mexico. Neos became the first Italian operator of the Boeing 787 when its first 787-9 entered service in December 2017.