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Intelsat wins Air Canada IFC order

June 17, 2022

By Chris Forrester

Air Canada has contracted with Intelsat to equip up to 45 Airbus A321 aircraft with Intelsat’s In-Flight Entertainment and Communications technology.

The agreement sees Intelsat supply its 2Ku satellite connectivity solution on Air Canada’s upcoming Airbus A321XLR fleet and which will be installed on the Airbus production line in Hamburg, Germany.

Additionally, Air Canada says Intelsat will upgrade all 15 of its existing mainline Airbus A321ceo aircraft with the same 2Ku satellite connectivity solution.

“Air Canada’s commitment to delivering an exceptional in-flight experience with quality streaming connectivity is admired throughout the globe,” said Dave Bijur, SVP of Commercial for Intelsat Commercial Aviation. “Our continuous launch of satellites over the next several years, starting with Intelsat 40e in early 2023, positions us well in the future to deliver unmatched reliability, redundancy and speed to passengers – all of which maximises guest satisfaction.”

“Millions of Intelsat inflight Internet sessions have been delivered to Air Canada’s passengers throughout our nine-plus year relationship. We are delighted to grow our satellite connectivity service with Intelsat to provide our passengers with expanded inflight connectivity,” added Mark Nasr, SVP/Products, Marketing and e-commerce at Air Canada.

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