Icelandair Partners With ViaSat Inc. for Transatlantic High-Speed Internet

Icelandair has announced that it will bring fast and powerful in-flight connectivity and Internet streaming service to transatlantic flights through a new partnership with global broadband services and technology company ViaSat Inc

To deliver Internet service at 35,000 feet, Icelandair will tap into ViaSat-2, billed as the most powerful, highest capacity satellite communications system at launch, and will leverage ViaSat's latest generation (Gen-2) in-flight Internet system. 

Icelandair will integrate ViaSat's in-flight Internet system across its fleet of 16 Boeing 737MAX aircraft through post-delivery modifications. ViaSat plans to deliver continuous, reliable high-speed connectivity from Icelandair's 18 North American gateways across the Atlantic Ocean to Iceland and more than 25 destinations in Europe. By using ViaSat's Gen-2 equipment, which is optimized to take full advantage of the highly-anticipated massive amounts of capacity offered by the ViaSat-2 satellite, Icelandair can offer passengers fast and high quality in-flight Internet connections, as well as keep pace with the growing broadband demands of the fully connected aircraft.   

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How it Works

The Internet connections are made possible by connecting passenger devices directly to ViaSat's ViaSat-2 Ka-band satellite network (over North America and the Atlantic Ocean), and then switching these passenger connections over to the European KA-SAT network, a high-capacity Ka-band satellite system part owned by ViaSat through its European joint venture with Eutelsat.

The installation of the ViaSat in-flight Internet equipment is expected to begin in March 2018 and continue through 2020. 

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