Fresh from the APEX Expo show floor, Viasat is expanding its Relationship with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) by adding Viasat In-flight Connectivity to their new Airbus A321LR and A330-300E aircraft.
The connectivity will allow gate-to-gate internet connectivity for passengers, allowing for streaming, social media, web browsing and other online functions.
SAS will add ViaSat’s Ka based in-flight connectivity system on as a retrofit to its Airbus A321LR and its Airbus A330-300E family. This kit should allow l in-flight connectivity when flying in Viasat’s satellite coverage area (both current and future planned areas through ViaSat-1, -2 and the planned -3 network)
Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation at Viasat said
“Since first working with SAS, we built a strong partnership based on delivering service quality and creating value for SAS’ passengers by enabling them to enjoy and experience connectivity in the air that was similar to what they expected on the ground,”
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the level of service we bring to each airline engagement. Extending the use of our in-flight Wi-Fi service beyond SAS short-haul flights—to now include long-haul and transatlantic routes—will help SAS meet the growing broadband demands of their passengers.”
Planned entry into service for the new aircraft is mid-2020 for the Airbus A321LR, whilst the A330-300E currently does not have an entry date yet (this aircraft will replace an existing Airbus A340 in the SAS Fleet).
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