United Airlines signs for Viasat IFEC system

Viasat has secured a new contract with United Airlines to its latest generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system to more than 70 aircraft, including at least 58 of United’s new Boeing 737MAX aircraft.

Serving as the direct in-flight internet service provider to United, Viasat will deploy its most advanced IFEC system to provide United customers access to in-flight internet, from accessing websites to connecting with key business applications such as a corporate VPN and secure email.

Viasat’s IFEC system will also power United’s Private Screening entertainment option, which offers customers access to hundreds of entertainment titles from its on-board library to their own devices.

“We’re pleased to expand our relationship with United, now providing direct internet and entertainment services to them and their customers,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, commercial aviation, Viasat. “We’re focused on optimising customer satisfaction through great connectivity and entertainment. Our goal is to ensure United’s customers are fully connected and enjoying their on-board connectivity and entertainment experiences.”

United will use Viasat’s high-capacity Ka-band satellite system, which will include the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and Via-Sat-3 satellite platforms, enabling the airline to deliver in-flight internet service to each connected device on the aircraft. The airline will begin installing Viasat’s IFEC system on its airframes over the coming months.

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