ViaSat gains STC for Ka-/Ku-band antenna as Virgin America rolls out paid Wi-Fi service

ViaSat has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the FAA to install its advanced Ka-band satellite antenna and radome on Airbus A320 aircraft.

This certification, coupled with ViaSat's in-cabin distribution STC, enables airlines to deploy its complete end-to-end in-flight connectivity system."Reaching this milestone is significant as it sets a high bar for how to build and install the best in-flight internet service for global coverage," said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Mobility, ViaSat. "We now have FAA approval for our radome, antenna and in-flight cabin system – which gives airlines and passengers access to the real internet – not cached content – with the most reliable, scalable streaming capabilities."With STC approval and following a successful beta trail on its 10 new Airbus A320 aircraft deliveries, Virgin America has announced the pricing levels of its ViaSat Wi-Fi. The system, deployed by ViaSat on new Virgin America aircraft, provides both internet connectivity and broadcast TV across ViaSat's Ka-band and hybrid Ka-/Ku-band terminals.Paid service will roll out in April along with some new perks for travellers.The airline has teamed up with LinkedIn to offer all flyers on ViaSat-equipped aircraft complementary access to the full library of professional development learning content on Lynda.com starting in mid-April.Travellers can take their pick from thousands of video tutorials taught by expert instructors across a variety of topics such as business leadership, development, and technology and web design.Free ViaSat Wi-Fi access is available for Elevate Gold members through the end of 2016.The Wi-Fi and satellite TV service are not available to those travelling to Hawaii.

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