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Viasat Launches Direct Service for Business Aviation; Viasat Select Offers Ka-Band In-Flight Connectivity Solutions to Match an Aircraft's Operational

Press Release From: ViaSat
Posted: Monday, October 11, 2021

Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced a first-of-its-kind direct service model for business aviation Ka-band In-flight Connectivity (IFC). Called Viasat Select, the new service introduces custom IFC solutions and compelling connectivity plans that are tailored to match a business aircraft's specific operational profile. The Viasat Select service plans include global and regional unlimited plans that feature uncapped data paired with Viasat's popular "No Speed Limit" Ka-band IFC. Viasat's ability to offer both uncapped data and no speed limits is unique because of its Ka-band satellite capacity advantage. Viasat Select also offers entry-level service plans, including a sub-$3k regional plan that delivers Ka-band connectivity at a significant value, especially when compared to current air-to-ground or other satellite-based IFC options.

The Viasat Select plans empower operators to take advantage of the Company's current cross-regional capacity and coverage to suit current and anticipated connectivity demands and come with the expectation that Viasat's future global constellation, ViaSat-3, and forward compatible IFC system, will accommodate increasing speed and data requirements. 

"We're launching Viasat Select at a time when there is incredible demand for in-flight connectivity and just before we bring an immense amount of additional Ka-band capacity to market with our next-generation satellite constellation," said Claudio D'Amico, Viasat business area director, Business Aviation. "Operators overwhelmingly told us that selecting products in the market with data and speed caps was a key challenge for in-flight connectivity. With Viasat Select, we can eliminate those constraints by leveraging our capacity while offering unmatched economics since we manage the service from end-to-end."

D'Amico continued, "With Viasat Select, operators with different connectivity requirements and aircraft operational profiles can chose a plan that will best match their needs. Every plan will offer the same performance and deliver our leading customer experience, care and support. With ViaSat-3 coverage and capacity augmentation scheduled for next year, we will further enhance our customers' overall experience."

Since the Company serves as a singular point of contact for connectivity solutions with Viasat Select, from designing and building the highest capacity satellites in the world to its robust customer experience, care and maintenance support tools, Viasat is simplifying how business jet operators can access a long-term, high-capacity IFC solution that meets their needs today and well into the future.

Connectivity and performance
With the Viasat Select Ka-band service plans, business jet operators can benefit from similar connectivity in-flight as they do on the ground, typically with speeds greater than 20 Mbps. In fact, some operators with Viasat Ka-band IFC have reported speeds greater than 80 Mbps. That level of connectivity, made possible by Viasat's substantial satellite network capacity, allows all passengers to enjoy in-flight applications such as video conferencing, streaming music, video, and TV, corporate VPN access and more during all phases of flight, including taxi, takeoff, and landing.

For more information about Viasat's business aviation solutions, please visit: www.viasat.com/business-aviation or reach out to: business-aviation@viasat.com.

About Viasat 
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat's Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitter or YouTube.



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