Connectivity

Viasat Increases Speeds for Connected Business Jets

Viasat published new connection speed updates to its global Ku-band business aviation in-flight connectivity network. Photo: Viasat

Viasat revealed new increased speeds, service packages and hardware incentives. The new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) business aviation service packages aims to enable new and existing Ku-band customers the ability to upgrade their connectivity solution with faster speeds.

The new Viasat Ku Advanced packages are available now with increased speeds up to 10 Megabits Per Second (Mbps) (resulting in a doubling of speeds for most existing customers), rollover of unused data allowances, regional, and hourly service plans and the ability to stream audio and video content. Current and future Viasat business aviation customers are now able to take advantage of Ku Advanced increased speeds with near global coverage and an easy migration path to Viasat’s Ka-band system through use of existing aircraft wiring.

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The global communications company’s business jet Ku-band connectivity is enabled by a small antenna and antenna control unit, and a modem that support the following aircraft models, according to their business aviation brochure:

  • Gulfstream G-IV, G-V, G450, G500, G550, G600, G650/650ER
  • Boeing BBJ
  • Cessna Citation X
  • Bombardier Challenger 600 series, Global Express,
  • Global XRS, Global 5000–8000
  • Dassault Falcon 7X, Falcon 8X

Embraer is also featuring Viasat’s Ka-band system as line-fit connectivity on its next generation business jet models the Praetor 500 and 600, a program first announced at the 2018 NBAA Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition.

“Today’s offerings give business jet owners with legacy aircraft and Ku radomes, the ability to deliver an enhanced experience,” said Claudio D’Amico, business area director, Business Aviation, Viasat. “We continue to add more capabilities to our network—enabling us to give business jet owners more choice in selecting an in-flight connectivity service package that meets their in-flight internet needs and budget.”

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