-- New Agreement Enables American to Increase Passenger Engagement and Optimize Customers'
Onboard Wi-Fi Experiences with a Proven, Scalable Internet Platform
-- ViaSat Already Recognized as the Fastest, Best Performing In-flight Internet System, Delivering
Highest Quality Streaming Video and Media Experiences to Every Connected Passenger Device on the Plane
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) has selected
ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global broadband services and technology company, to outfit its
new Boeing 737 MAX fleet with ViaSat's in-flight internet service. The ViaSat in-flight internet service
has been recognized with multiple industry awards for delivering the best performing, highest-quality
and fastest in-flight internet experience. The service encourages higher passenger engagement per
plane by offering an 'at home' internet experience when in-flight – with the ability to stream movies,
videos, television and music, as well as surf the web, upload pictures to social media, email large
files and more.
The new American planes will tap into the power of ViaSat's advanced high capacity Ka-band
satellite system, which will include ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms, and has
more capacity in orbit than any other in-flight Wi-Fi provider. American will leverage ViaSat's first
two generation satellite platforms, which together provide more capacity than all of the commercial
satellites over North America combined. When the first ViaSat-3 class satellite platform launches in
2019, it will more than double the capacity again. With its capacity-rich satellite platforms, ViaSat is
able to deliver the fastest, highest quality in-flight internet service to each connected device on a plane.
"Our satellite bandwidth enables an 'at home' internet experience that can serve everyone on the
plane – and empowers innovative business models for airlines and their passengers," said Mark
Dankberg, ViaSat chairman and CEO. "We are delighted and honored to have the opportunity to
work with American Airlines and help fulfill their goal of delivering the best in-flight Wi-Fi experience
throughout their fleet. We believe we are now approaching the end of an era where passengers have
paid very high prices for very slow connections. Our agreement highlights a significant initial step
for American to deliver an onboard Wi-Fi experience every passenger will want to use."
As an internet service provider, ViaSat already serves nearly 700,000 residential and business users
with high-speed, high-quality satellite internet. The ViaSat network is also the key to supporting
thousands of simultaneously connected aircraft, each with dozens to hundreds of connected devices.
First Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with the ViaSat in-flight internet system are scheduled to go into
service in September 2017.
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