Posted on: 06 June 2016 by Mark Howells
American Airlines is to equip its new Boeing 737 MAX fleet of approximately 100 jets with ViaSat's in-flight internet service.
The airline has selected ViaSat’s high-capacity Ka-band satellite system, including ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms, to deliver fast, high-quality in-flight internet service to each connected device on a plane."Our satellite bandwidth enables an 'at home' internet experience that can serve everyone on the plane – and empowers innovative business models for airlines and their passengers," said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. "We are delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work with American Airlines and help fulfill their goal of delivering the best in-flight Wi-Fi experience throughout their fleet. We believe we are now approaching the end of an era where passengers have paid very high prices for very slow connections. Our agreement highlights a significant initial step for American to deliver an onboard Wi-Fi experience every passenger will want to use."
The airline is retaining Gogo’s new 2Ku service for 134 Airbus Group SE A319s and A320s.The first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with the ViaSat in-flight internet system are scheduled to go into service in September 2017.