JetBlue is continuing its six-year IFC partnership with Viasat. The Carlsbad-based satellite and in-flight connectivity provider will equip the airline’s fleet of 70 Airbus A220-300s with Ka-band satellite connectivity when deliveries begin next year.
JetBlue announced it has selected Viasat to supply in-flight connectivity for its forthcoming fleet of 70 Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The New York-based carrier firmed an order for the short-haul jets in January and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020. JetBlue also has options for an additional 50 aircraft.
“Our new agreement with Viasat is a strong endorsement to their ongoing commitment to technology advancement.” – Mariya Stoyanova, JetBlue
“Since launching Fly-Fi, JetBlue has set the pace for how airlines should offer in-flight entertainment and internet services to customers,” said Mariya Stoyanova, JetBlue’s director of Product Development. “We’re creating powerful, engaging onboard experiences with our Viasat-powered Fly-Fi service. Our new agreement with Viasat is a strong endorsement to their ongoing commitment to technology advancement, which we believe will help us continue to deliver great experiences to our customers—no matter where they fly with us.”
Viasat said it will install its latest Ka-band IFC system on the forthcoming A220 fleet. The system will be compatible with the Viasat’s full fleet of satellites, including Viasat’s first-generation spacecraft (ViaSat-1, WildBlue-1 and Anik F2), its jointly-owned European satellite KA-SAT, its second-generation spacecraft ViaSat-2 and the forthcoming ViaSat-3 class of satellites, which are scheduled to launch in 2021.
“With our current and future satellite fleet, we are ready to serve JetBlue as they broaden their plans within the Americas and across to Europe.” – Don Buchman – Viasat
“We’re incredibly proud to equip JetBlue’s entire new Airbus fleet with our ViaSat-3 capable IFC solution—which we expect will deliver even higher quality entertainment and connectivity services,” said Don Buchman, Viasat’s vice-president and general manager of Commercial Aviation. “What’s exciting about our partnership, is that throughout the years we have maintained a shared goal: to keep the end-customer front and center by delivering a state-of-the-art connectivity system that would offer a home-like Internet experience in the air. With our current and future satellite fleet, we are ready to serve JetBlue as they broaden their plans within the Americas and across to Europe.”
JetBlue has been a Viasat customer since December 2013, when it launched its complimentary Fly-Fi IFC service.