Posted on: 16 September 2015 by Mark Howells
ViaSat’s in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity system is to be offered as a line-fit option on Boeing commercial airplanes, allowing airlines to avoid costly down-time involved with taking planes out of service for post-production retrofits.
The agreement also provides the industry’s only service level agreement, regardless of how many devices are connected on the plane or how many planes are on the network.
“Our agreement with Boeing is an important milestone giving our airline customers the ability to get the best onboard Wi-Fi system delivered with their new aircraft,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Mobility at ViaSat. “By selecting ViaSat in-flight communications for Boeing’s fleet, airlines now can differentiate their in-flight internet service with a flexible, sustainable business model that will continue to create value as more passengers use the service.”
John Craig, chief engineer of Cabin and Network Systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes continued, “In initiating the evaluation process with long-time partner ViaSat, we now look to add ViaSat airborne terminals to our line-fit factory options. This will give Boeing’s commercial airline customers a new cost- and time-effective high-bandwidth connectivity choice for their airplanes.”