CARLSBAD, Calif., May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced that Southwest Airlines Co. has selected the company’s next-generation Ka-band satellite inflight connectivity (IFC) system for factory installation on all deliveries of new aircraft, starting this fall.
By choosing Viasat’s state-of-the-art solution for its new aircraft, Southwest Airlines will provide customers with enhanced onboard Internet capabilities, including the ability to stream content and entertainment, watch live TV and access social media and productivity apps on any internet-enabled device. , door to door. Streaming-enabled Wi-Fi requires a fast and robust data connection, especially to deliver high-quality service to all connected devices during the flight, regardless of the number of passengers using the system.
Viasat technology solves a major challenge in providing high quality connectivity in aviation by meeting variable concentrated demand, such as many aircraft in the same geographic area – in airport hubs or traveling on popular flight routes. The bandwidth advantage and flexibility offered by Viasat’s satellite network provides a high-quality, high-speed and content-rich in-flight Wi-Fi experience.
Don Buchman, Viasat Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Aviation, added, “We admire Southwest Airlines’ deeply customer-centric vision. The overall passenger experience is enhanced by providing in-flight connectivity that is the same as the experience on the ground, from streaming your favorite video content to live TV and access to other internet applications during all phases of flight. We look forward to being part of Southwest’s commitment to continually raising the bar.