Posted on: 04 September 2013 by Mark Howells
JetBlue Airways has signed a contract with Aviation Technical Services (ATS) for the Washington state-based company to install super-fast next-generation Ka-band satellite Wi-Fi technology on JetBlue's fleet of Airbus A320s.
The agreement covers up to 130 A320 aircraft at ATS's maintenance facility in Everett, WA. Additional Ka-band installations will be accomplished at JetBlue's LiveTV subsidiary in Orlando. The technology was designed by LiveTV, which will be conducting training and technical support to ATS to ensure a quality installation. All Airbus A320 installations are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
"We are pleased to enter into this partnership with ATS, a proven MRO leader which shares our passion and excitement for this project," said Jeff Martin, senior vice-president of operations for JetBlue. "Jointly, we will aggressively modify the majority of our A320 fleet with the Fly-Fi solution while we continue to work with LiveTV to add Ka broadband onboard connectivity to the remainder of our aircraft."
Fly-Fi, JetBlue's brand for wireless inflight internet, will use Ka-band high-bandwidth satellite technology, with eight times more bandwidth than Ku-band.
"This is an important step toward putting Wi-Fi in all of our aircraft," said JetBlue senior vice-president of marketing and commercial strategy Marty St George. "The ATS relationship will allow JetBlue to speed Fly-Fi introduction throughout our fleet."