Delta Air Lines has selected Viasat‘s (NASDAQ: VSAT) in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for an additional 230+ domestic mainline, narrow-body aircraft, expanding the future scale of Delta’s next-generation onboard experience. Under this expansion, select aircraft from Delta Air Lines’ Airbus 321neo, Airbus 220-300, Boeing 737-800, Airbus 320ceo and Airbus 319 fleets will be retrofitted with Viasat’s next-generation, Ka-band, satellite technology. This new aircraft award is in addition to the more than 300 Delta aircraft already announced in January 2021.
With Viasat’s satellite technology that features enhanced capacity, quality and speed, Delta customers can stream video or music, browse websites, connect to email, use apps and more, all on their own personal electronic devices. Additionally, a single Viasat high-capacity Ka-band satellite antenna will power IFC while simultaneously providing live TV access to the seatback screens.
Select Delta aircraft will be outfitted with Viasat’s latest Ka-band IFC system and will be compatible with Viasat’s complete network of satellites, including Viasat’s first-generation spacecraft and partner satellites, its second-generation spacecraft ViaSat-2, and the forthcoming ViaSat-3 constellation, which is expected to offer global coverage with nearly eight times more capacity than Viasat’s current fleet. Viasat stated their IFC solution is an ideal offering to meet both current and future demand, as Delta expects increases for enhanced passenger connectivity and streaming services.
Delta remains focused on delivering innovation in the air and on the ground, having been recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies worldwide this year, and the airline continues to invest in offering a superior customer experience throughout the travel journey. For more on Delta’s commitment to building the next-generation onboard experience through fast, reliable Viasat Wi-Fi, visit articles and videos on Delta News Hub.
“By equipping more than 230 additional aircraft with Viasat IFC, Delta is validating how the system can scale,” said Don Buchman, Viasat vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation. “We have a proven in-flight connectivity solution that will meet the demands of Delta customers today and the expected increase in demand in the future.”
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat’s Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.