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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Viasat, Boeing Sign Technical Agreement to Offer Line-Fit Wi-Fi

Juliet Van Wagenen

[Avionics Today 09-16-2015] ViaSat and Boeing have entered into a new technical agreement that initiates the evaluation process for airlines to specify installation of the ViaSat in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity system on Boeing Commercial airplanes.

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Under the terms of the new agreement, ViaSat’s Ka-band airborne satellite terminal will be evaluated as a factory option for Boeing aircraft prior to delivery, enabling airplanes to come off the line with ViaSat connectivity ready for immediate service.
 
“In initiating the evaluation process with long-time partner ViaSat, we now look to add ViaSat airborne terminals to our line-fit factory options. This will give Boeing’s commercial airline customers a new cost- and time-effective high-bandwidth connectivity choice for their airplanes,” said John Craig, chief engineer of cabin and network systems for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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