Viasat Inc., a global communications company, announced today that it will install its high-performance Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) system on airshare’s new Bombardier Challenger 350 Deliveries and future Challenger 3500 Deliveries starting next year. The first installation on an airshare Challenger 350 was completed in July 2022, further installations will follow in the second half of this year.
By selecting Viasat, Airshare will offer shareholders traveling on these aircraft a high-speed connectivity solution during all phases of flight, including taxiing, takeoff and landing. Viasat’s high-speed connectivity will allow airshare passengers to enjoy the same connected services in the air as they do on the ground, including high-quality video streaming, video conferencing, corporate VPN access and more. Viasat’s satellite capacity will allow all devices on board to stream simultaneously, even in densely populated geographic areas with heavy air traffic.
“Great connectivity is no longer just a nice in-flight convenience,” said John Owen, President and CEO of Airshare. “Airshare’s world-class service requires a reliable connectivity solution that offers fast speeds and a consistent connection from takeoff to landing. Our owners want to stay productive, stream videos and otherwise stay in touch with what’s happening on site. Choosing Viasat for our new deliveries was an important step as Airshare enters our next phase of growth.”
Airshare is strategically expanding its revolutionary fractional ownership program beyond its core markets in the central United States and plans to begin serving East Coast customers in the near future. Airshare’s day-based program appeals to both business and leisure travelers looking to maximize their efficiency and productivity, making onboard connectivity a key part of the overall service.
“We have entered into an exciting relationship with Airshare and the Viasat Select service plans will deliver the best connectivity performance in business aviation while optimizing operations for predictable budgets,” added Claudio D’Amico, Viasat’s Business Area Director, Business Aviation . “With Airshare’s clear focus on customer service and an exceptional flight experience, we look forward to supporting the connectivity needs of the new fleet now and in the future.”
Today, Viasat’s Ka-band satellite network covers over 90 percent of business aviation routes. The company’s next-generation ViaSat-3 constellation consists of a trio of satellites expected to provide near-global coverage and airshare additional capacity to meet its growing connectivity needs.
Airshare is the safe and easy way to fly privately. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Lenexa, Kan., the private aviation company serves EMBARK® Jet cardholders and associates throughout the central United States. Airshare has received IS-BAO Level 3 and ARGUS Platinum certifications, meeting the highest international standards for safe flight operations. The company operates a fleet of super midsize and light jets under its fractional and EMBARK programs. Airshare provides complete aircraft management and charter services nationwide, as well as comprehensive third-party aircraft maintenance services.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes that anyone and anything in the world can be connected. For over 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries connect around the world. Today, the company is developing the ultimate global communications network to deliver high-quality, secure, affordable and fast connections that impact people’s lives everywhere – on the ground, in the air or at sea.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include statements related to the relationship between Viasat and Airshare; the launch of Viasat’s Ka-band IFC service on Airshare’s new Bombardier Challenger 350 aircraft, including expected timing of installations; the availability, capabilities and performance of Viasat’s onboard internet equipment; the expected coverage area and capacity of the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation; and the airshare benefits of an agreement with Viasat. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those projected in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: our ability to successfully execute our business plan for our broadband services within our anticipated timeline or at all; risks associated with the operation of satellites, including the effects of anomalies, operational failures or degradation of satellite performance; regulatory issues, contract issues, product defects, manufacturing problems or delays, changes in relationships or the financial condition of key suppliers and technologies that do not meet expectations; and other factors affecting the aviation sector in general. In addition, review the risk factors 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 forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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