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Viasat has been selected by Delta Air Lines to install its in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution on more than 1,000 Delta aircraft. Delta will deploy Viasat IFC services on its widebody fleets, including all active aircraft in its Airbus A330, Airbus A350 and Boeing 767 fleets, as well as the Airbus 220 and upcoming deliveries on the Boeing 737MAX.

Delta began offering free in-flight Wi-Fi to its Delta SkyMiles members from February 2023 and expects to offer the service o more than 700 Viasat-equipped aircraft by the end of 2023.

“We are honoured to continue expanding as the technology provider supporting Delta’s mission to offer fast, free Wi-Fi as part of its evolved customer experience,” said Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Viasat.

The Delta aircraft will be fitted with Viasat’s latest Ka-band IFC system, which will be compatible with Viasat’s entire network of satellites. The IFC provider’s ViaSat-3 constellation, comprising of three satellites and expected to have more than one terabit per second (Tbps) of throughput capacity, is set to launch the first of three satellites in April 2023.

“The speed and scale at which we have reached this milestone together – now with more than 1,000 aircraft planned – has been astounding and is a tribute to our collaboration,” added Buchman.

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