El Al to add Internet platform from ViaSat
El Al Israel Airlines will be the launch customer in Europe for the Exede® In The Air in-flight Internet service from ViaSat Inc.
Initially, ViaSat plans to deliver the service to El Al 737s flying routes from Tel Aviv into several European cities. Work begins immediately toward certification and installation of the Exede terminals on El Al aircraft with a target date to launch service within one year.
For EL AL, ViaSat will provide and manage a complete in-flight Internet service to the aircraft, including airborne terminals, antennas, radomes, and air time from the Eutelsat KA-SAT high-capacity Ka-band satellite.
“As part of our commercial strategy, installation of Internet service on European routes will significantly improve the quality of service and flight experience for El Al customers,” said El Al CEO Elyezer Shkedy in today’s announcement. “Enabling passengers to connect to the Internet in flight is nothing less than a technological and service revolution.”
“As we introduce Exede in-flight service outside North America, we expect the same enthusiastic response we’ve seen since our launch in the U.S.,” said Mark Dankberg chairman and CEO of ViaSat. “The personalized, friendly flight experience that El Al strives for is just the right fit for the fastest Internet in the air.”