EL AL launches Viasat-powered in-flight Wi-Fi system

EL AL Israel Airlines has announced it has launched its new commercial in-flight Wi-Fi service, powered by global communications company, Viasat (NASDAQ: VSAT), the company said.

EL AL was Viasat´s European launch customer. Since first announcing their relationship, both companies undertook broad market studies focused on in-flight Wi-Fi passenger demand, engagement and service offerings, including a customer beta phase to determine internet package types. EL AL also began to re-energize its fleet taking on new Boeing 787 Dreamliners–a recent addition to Viasat´s certified platforms.

Fifteen EL AL aircraft have been outfitted with Viasat´s latest equipment, providing high-speed connectivity to EL AL´s mix of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 737-900 aircraft and Boeing 737-800 planes. By mid-2020, EL AL expects to have the majority of its fleet connected with the Viasat service.

Viasat is a satellite communications and in-flight service provider. The Company´s in-flight Wi-Fi system will offer passengers the highest-speed Ka-band connection, which gives EL AL passengers the ability to stream more internet content–faster, as well as keep flight crews connected for enhanced passenger service.

EL AL Israel Airlines, Israel´s national airline, established in 1948 alongside the State of Israel, offers more non-stop flights than any other airline to/from Israel. EL AL flies to over 50 destinations, and operates flights both domestically and internationally.