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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ViaSat Wins Contract for Connectivity on Qantas Domestic Fleet

Juliet Van Wagenen

Qantas has selected ViaSat as its connectivity provider for domestic flights
Qantas has selected ViaSat as its connectivity provider for domestic flights. Photo: Qantas

 [Avionics Today 02-23-2016] ViaSat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with Qantas Airways, Australia's largest domestic and international airline, to provide In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) to Qantas passengers on its domestic flights. The agreement with Qantas represents the broadband company's first Asia-Pacific airline to select its in-flight Internet service, as well as the first airline in the region to choose its single, hybrid Ku/Ka-band antenna.

 
The new service expects to feature speeds that are up to 10 times faster than traditional global ground-based in-flight Internet services and access streaming video. Additionally, by using ViaSat's hybrid Ku/Ka band antenna, the Internet service will operate across both ViaSat's global Ku-band network and nbn's Sky Muster high-capacity Ka-band satellites.
 
Under the terms of the MOU, in-flight Internet trials will begin in late 2016 on Qantas Boeing 737 aircraft. A full roll-out across the Qantas domestic fleet of A330s and Boeing 737s is planned to begin in 2017, with aircraft to be outfitted with in-cabin Wi-Fi hotspots, an Internet modem and ViaSat's satellite antenna and radome technology.
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