October 25 2023  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Porter to rollout Viasat IFC on more aircraft

By Alex Preston

Porter Airlines is deploying Viasat inflight connectivity services on more of its new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft

Celebrating its 17th birthday this year, Porter Airlines has confirmed that Viasat’s inflight connectivity and wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) systems will be factory-installed on an additional 20 new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft on order.

The first of these new aircraft are scheduled to begin service next year.

“It’s clear that our passengers value the high-speed and high-quality Wi-Fi on our E195-E2 fleet, which allows them to stay entertained or connected to work while in the air,” said Kevin Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer in the October 18 press release. “Our commitment to make the Wi-Fi fast and free has helped build on our award-winning approach to hospitality as we continue to expand across North America.”

Porter placed an initial order with Viasat to outfit 30 E195-E2 aircraft. The majority of these are installed and operating today.

Powered by Viasat’s Ka-band satellite technology and efficient use of bandwidth, connected Porter passengers aboard its Embraer E195-E2 aircraft are able to stream video or music, browse websites, use email or apps — all on their own personal electronic devices. The inflight Wi-Fi also enables access to a wide array of free streaming entertainment, including movies and popular TV series. Additionally, Porter Airlines’ inflight Wi-Fi service is available gate-to-gate.

Porter Airlines is Canada’s only airline to offer free, fast inflight Wi-Fi across its entire Embraer E195-E2 fleet.

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