CARLSBAD, Calif., April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, announced today it received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the FAA to install its advanced Ka-band satellite antenna and radome on Airbus A320 aircraft. This certification, coupled with ViaSat's in-cabin distribution STC, enables airlines to deploy ViaSat's complete end-to-end in-flight connectivity system, giving passengers access to the industry's fastest, highest capacity in-flight internet service.
"Reaching this milestone is significant as it sets a high bar for how to build and install a best in-flight internet service for global coverage," said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Mobility, ViaSat. "We now have FAA approval for our radome, antenna and in-flight cabin system – which gives airlines and passengers access to the real internet – not cached content – with the most reliable, scalable streaming capabilities."
ViaSat offers a vertically-integrated in-flight internet offering, inclusive of FAA certifications, wireless IFE system support, passenger-facing internet access portals, and an end-to-end in-flight entertainment and connectivity service that extends from ViaSat's industry-leading highest capacity satellite system to passengers' personal devices. The system, deployed by ViaSat on new Virgin America aircraft, provides both internet connectivity and broadcast TV across ViaSat's Ka-band and hybrid Ka-/Ku-band terminals.
ViaSat's high capacity Ka-band in-flight internet service is deployed on nearly 500 commercial planes in the U.S. The service provides gate-to-gate internet access with speeds that are typically 8 to 10 times faster than any other in-flight Wi-Fi system available on the market today. The ViaSat in-flight internet service gives passengers access to the real internet for entertainment and connectivity. The service offers unmatched quality, performance, scale and speed, which ranges from 12 to 20 Mbps to each connected device.
For more information on ViaSat's in-flight internet system or vertically-integrated strategy, visit ViaSat online at: www.viasat.com,
About ViaSat ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access - anywhere - whether on the ground or in-flight. The Company's innovations in designing highest-capacity satellites and secure ground infrastructure and terminal technologies coupled with its international network of managed Wi-Fi hotspots enable ViaSat to deliver a best available network that extends the reach and accessibility of broadband internet service, globally. For more information visit ViaSat at: www.viasat.com, or follow the Company on social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements that refer to the performance, expected capacity, service, speeds, coverage, scalability and other features of ViaSat's in-flight internet service, and the timing, cost, economics and other benefits associated therewith. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-1 and ViaSat-2 satellites, unexpected expenses or delays related to satellite projects, the ability to successfully implement ViaSat's business plan for broadband satellite services on ViaSat's anticipated timeline or at all; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of satellites used to supply these new services, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; turmoil in the global business environment and economic conditions; the ability to successfully develop, introduce and sell new technologies, products and services; reduced demand for products as a result of continued constraints on capital spending by customers; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply ViaSat's products; increased competition and other factors affecting the communications industries generally; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on ViaSat's ability to sell products and services; ViaSat's level of indebtedness and ability to comply with applicable debt covenants; ViaSat's involvement in litigation, including intellectual property claims and litigation to protect proprietary technology; and ViaSat's dependence on a limited number of key employees. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.