March 20 2024  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Korean Air to equip 787s with Viasat IFC

By Robynne Trueman

40 of Korean Air's 787 aircraft will be powered by Viasat's IFC solution 

Viasat has been selected to power inflight connectivity onboard 40 additional aircraft by Korean Air. The IFC solution will power 40 of Korean Air’s 787s, following news shared last year that Korean Air had committed to equipping 30 A321Neos with Viasat connectivity. Viasat’s IFC is now slated for service on 70 of the airline’s aircraft, all of which are expected to enter service by the end of 2027, the press release said.

With the high-speed inflight Wi-Fi enabled by Viasat, Korean Air passengers will be able to browse the internet, enjoy social media, stream video and audio, shop online and work remotely.

“Our focus on enhancing passenger experience is crucial to our business – and adding more connectivity to our fleet will be a key step forward in achieving this. Bringing Viasat’s reliable, high-speed connectivity to more Korean Air flights means even more of our valued passengers will be able to benefit from exceptional Wi-Fi onboard,” said Kenneth Chang, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Korean Air.

In Viasat’s 2023 Passenger Experience Survey, 81 percent of passengers in South Korea said that quality inflight Wi-Fi would make them more likely to rebook with an airline. 

“Korean Air is a world-class airline, and we’re really pleased to be extending our relationship as they continue to innovate to meet passenger demand for quality in-flight connectivity. We know that passengers around the world want to be connected in flight, and our robust satellite network brings the reliable connectivity that enables this. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Korean Air to leverage consistently fast, high-quality Wi-Fi to deliver distinct digital experiences to more of its passengers,” said Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Aviation at Viasat.

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