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Viasat to provide in-flight connectivity to Delta aircraft

This is an expansion of the deal that Viasat and Delta reached in January 2021 for Viasat IFC service on 300 of Delta’s narrowbody aircraft.

Viasat‘s in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution will be installed on a total of more than 1,000 Delta Air Lines aircraft.

Delta has selected Viasat IFC services for its widebody fleets, including all active aircraft in its Airbus A330, Airbus A350, and Boeing 767 fleets. In addition to previously announced mainline fleets, the Airbus 220 and upcoming deliveries on the Boeing 737MAX will be outfitted and serviced by Viasat.

Since February 1, 2023, Delta has offered fast, free Wi-Fi to all Delta SkyMiles Members on most domestic mainline flights, and announced earlier this year that it is on track to offer the service on over 700 Viasat-equipped aircraft by year’s end.

Don Buchman, Viasat’s Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Aviation, said: “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. 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.”

Delta’s Viasat-equipped aircraft are being outfitted with Viasat’s latest Ka-band IFC system and are designed to be compatible with the company’s complete network of satellites, including the forthcoming three-satellite ViaSat-3 constellation, the first of which is scheduled to launch in April 2023. Each of the ViaSat-3 satellites is expected to have more than 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) of throughput capacity, making them the highest-capacity broadband satellites ever launched.