Business & GA, Connectivity

ViaSat Boosts Competition in BizJet Connectivity with New Shipsets, Pricing

By Juliet Van Wagenen | November 4, 2016
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ViaSat’s booth at NBAA
ViaSat’s booth at NBAA. Photo: ViaSat

[Avionics Magazine 11-04-2016] ViaSat has announced new pricing for the connectivity systems available for business and private jets that aim to increase competitive dynamics within the business aviation market.

This week at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) tradeshow, ViaSat introduced an enhanced Ka-band shipset, the Global Aero Terminal 5510, which includes ViaSat's mobile airborne antenna, an integrated modem and an advanced power supply. Available in mid-2017, the Global Aero Terminal 5510 aims to enable business aviation users to have highest speed internet access across the U.S., transatlantic and European air routes by connecting to Viasat’s satellite Ka-band network.

In addition to the new connectivity shipset, ViaSat introduced “competitive” Ka-band service plans, according to the company, giving business jet users access to do more online, whether using high-speed applications including high definition videoconferencing or streaming movies, music or other entertainment to everyone on board.

All service plans will be available through ViaSat's Ka-band value-added resellers. Viasat’s new plans coincide with the mid-2017 shipset availability, with best available introductory pricing available through 2018.

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