EL AL Israel Airlines, Israel´s national air carrier, has announced it has expanded its relationship with global communications company Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), adding the Boeing 777 widebody fleet to the mix of EL AL aircraft with Viasat´s equipment for high-speed in-flight connectivity (IFC), the company said.
In addition to the Boeing 777 fleet, Viasat equipment currently powers the connectivity experience across EL AL´s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737-900 and part of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. EL AL plans to have all widebody aircraft equipped with Viasat´s latest generation IFC solution and all narrow-body fleet equipped with Viasat´s in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) offering. EL AL expects to have the majority of its fleet connected with the Viasat service by the end of 2020.
The Viasat in-flight Wi-Fi service 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.
EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd. is the National Air Carrier of Israel. EL AL carries about 5 million passengers a year. The Company operates flights to 36 direct destinations around the world and many other destinations by means of codeshare agreements with other airlines. The airline currently operates 42 aircraft.
Viasat is a global communications company that helps shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. The Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people´s lives anywhere they are–on the ground, in the air or at sea.