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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Teams with ViaSat for Ka-Band Airborne Satellite Terminals

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June 21, 2013

Boeing Commercial Airplanes Teams with ViaSat for Ka-Band Airborne Satellite Terminals

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Soon, new Boeing aircrafts will be featuring ViaSat (News - Alert) in-flight connectivity, as Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) has teamed with ViaSat Inc. According to a press release, ViaSat will provide ViaSat Ka-band airborne satellite terminals, as a factory line-fit option, on Boeing (News - Alert) commercial aircraft. With this factory option and augmenting the high-capacity Ka-band footprint will facilitate for easier airline transition to high-speed in-flight service.

ViaSat offers communications, Internet, and network access to any location. Its fixed and mobile satellite network services include Exede by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, a high-capacity satellite; service to more than 2,300 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile service; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity products for the U.S. and allied governments.

BCA is a business unit of The Boeing Company. Its focused is commercial aviation and offers airplanes and services. Currently, there are more than 13,000 Boeing commercial jetliners in service, flying passengers and freight more efficiently.

The factory installation of ViaSat Ka-band airborne satellite terminals in to Boeing aircrafts will not only avoid unaffordable down-time involved with taking planes out of service for post-production retrofits, but will also provide the ability to access Exede In The Air Internet service.

The Exede In The Air is ViaSat's high-speed in-flight Internet service. It is designed to provide augmented online access to passengers, similar to the broadband experience and data rates of an in-home connection.

Recently, ViaSat had released ViaSat-2 on a Boeing 702HP satellite platform. This is considered to be milestone for ViaSat to expand high-capacity, Ka-band satellite coverage around the globe.

According to ViaSat, its ViaSat-2 is designed to increase capacity and speed for mobile satellite communications, offering new capacity over land and sea from North America south to Central America, the Caribbean, and the northern edge of South America, as well as over the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.

Mark Dankberg (News - Alert), chairman and CEO, ViaSat, in a press release, "Within the past few weeks we've taken steps toward making our Ka-band in-flight service more attractive to new airline customers in two ways: continuing our plan to expand high-capacity Ka-band coverage and making it easier to add our system to their fleets,"

Dankberg added, "First we announced the new coverage areas that we expect to gain with ViaSat-2. And now factory installation on Boeing planes will simplify the process of getting our equipment on board."

"With the addition of ViaSat airborne terminals to our factory options, Boeing airline customers will have a broader range of selections for high-bandwidth connectivity on their airplanes," said Dan Murray, chief engineer of electronic systems for BCA, in a statement. "We will be working closely with ViaSat to bring this option to market."  

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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