Airlines and other buyers of big Boeing Co. commercial jets may soon be able to specify ViaSat satellite Internet access gear as a factory option.
Carlsbad-based ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) said on Sept. 15 that a newly signed technical agreement is the first step to make the service available on new commercial aircraft.
ViaSat says its in-flight system offers Wi-Fi speeds eight to 10 times faster than other in-flight Wi-Fi systems.
Boeing (NYSE: BA) says it has a record 5,500 aircraft in its order book.
Separately, ViaSat shareholders on Sept. 16 elected Frank J. Biondi Jr., Robert Johnson and John Stenbit to three-year terms on the company board. Biondi was appointed to his job as a director earlier this year. Johnson has been a director since 1986 and Stenbit since 2004.