Posted on: 22 March 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Continental Airlines has chosen the next generation Ka-band connectivity offering from the LiveTV and ViaSat team for its fleet of more than 200 Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft.
Following the signing of a letter of intent (LOI) by Continental Airlines and LiveTV, installation of the Ka-band airborne connectivity service is expected to begin in 2012.
The new broadband system will provide Continental passengers with more than 95 channels of live television programming and, claimed by ViaSat, the fastest and most advanced airborne Internet access.
Glenn Latta, President of LiveTV commented, "We are excited about adding Continental to our Ka-band launch customers. Their decision to select the LiveTV – ViaSat Ka-band system will truly provide an ‘at home in the air’ experience for Continental passengers."
The first aircraft is expected to launch following JetBlue’s introduction of the next generation ViaSat-1 broadband network to the commercial aviation market in 2012. ViaSat and JetBlue entered into an MOU in September of 2010 for the provision of in-flight broadband access and other services for customers on the JetBlue fleet of more than 160 aircraft using advanced ViaSat Ka-band satellites.
"The addition of Continental Airlines to the LiveTV – ViaSat Ka-band service network further validates the value of real in-flight broadband," stated Mark Dankberg, Chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "We believe our unique in-flight broadband offering will enable the most compelling passenger experience while delivering economics that work for our customers. LiveTV understands these advantages and is in a great position to convey that message to its customer base and the industry in general."
The letter of intent with LiveTV provides the framework for a definitive agreement to be negotiated with LiveTV.