Passengers on more global business aircraft will be able to surf the in-flight internet faster in the second half of 2018 with the expanded agreement between Honeywell Aerospace division and Viasat (Nasdaq: VSAT), the Carlsbad-based global communications company.
The agreement between the two companies was announced on May 17. According to a news release, Viasat will offer its high-speed Ka-band (a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that allows for faster data transmissions) in-flight internet service to large and mid-cabin business jet customers, as part of Honeywell’s GoDirect brand of inflight-based Wi-Fi.
Viasat’s business aviation in-flight internet service will tap into the industry’s highest-capacity, most reliable Ka-band satellite communications network. It will also use Viasat’s most robust business-class shipset, the Global Aero Terminal 5510.
“Whether connecting for business or pleasure, we’re proving on more than 2,000 Viasat Ka-band equipped flights daily that internet speeds and performance can be comparable in the air and the ground,” said Jerry Goodwin, vice president, Global Network Services, Viasat.