Viasat announced new customers for its in-flight satellite internet service, which provides Wi-Fi to airline passengers.
Aeromexico selected Viasat (Nasdaq: VSAT) for 18 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the company announced on Sept. 24. The airline, part of Grupo Aeroméxico S.A.B. de C.V., has an option to extend the service to as many as 60 aircraft. The carrier has 133 aircraft in all.
Boutique airline La Compagnie chose Viasat for two Airbus A321neo aircraft, which will be outfitted with 74 lie-flat seats. Service will begin in April. The airline offers business-class service between New York (actually Newark, N.J.) and Paris’ Orly airport. Viasat made the announcement Sept. 25.
Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
In-flight satellite connectivity is one of several services Viasat provides to commercial, government and consumer markets. The Carlsbad company also makes ground electronics for satellite communications.
Incidentally, the in-flight part of Viasat’s business is in new quarters on the east side of El Camino Real. In a wry touch, the company furnished the lobby like an airport.