Israel: ‘Advanced Viasat’ broadband on EL AL flights
February 20, 2019
By Chris Forrester
Israeli airline EL AL’s is using Viasat’s ViaSat-2 satellite to supply WiFi for passengers on its transatlantic flights.
Passengers can access high-speed, high-quality internet to key EL AL routes flying to and from major North American destinations including: New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Miami as well as San Francisco and Las Vegas, when flights to these destinations begin in May and June 2019 respectively.
Viasat’s in-flight Wi-Fi service says it offers an at-home or office experience in the sky, keeping flight crews connected for enhanced passenger service and enabling passengers using smartphones, tablets or laptop computers the ability to browse websites, connect to email and instant messaging, use apps and social networks and to stream music and/or films when in-flight. When flying on transatlantic routes, the system will connect to the ViaSat-2 satellite, which offers high-quality Ka-band capacity over the Atlantic Ocean, giving passengers a high-performing internet connection from across North America and the Atlantic Ocean to Europe.
The Viasat system is available on the airlines’ eight new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, eight Boeing 737-900 aircraft and two Boeing 737-800 aircraft.