ViaSat gains additional aircraft capabilities through Arconics acquisition

ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has acquired Arconics and gained broader expertise, aviation-grade software and mobile applications to make flying safer and more efficient for pilots, cabin crews and flight operations teams, the company said.

The company said the acquisition also adds applications that make entertaining passengers and opening new service and revenue opportunities for airlines possible.

The Arconics-connected aircraft software platform enables the Arconics App Suite, which spans wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE), electronic flight bag (EFB), airline document management and cabin management solutions, to communicate and share data with the aircraft and, using available connectivity, to connect with ground systems across mobile or avionics platforms.

Prior to the acquisition, Arconics had a partnership with ViaSat, primarily focused on serving the wireless IFE needs of multiple airline customers. Post-acquisition, ViaSat expects to also offer airlines real-time insight, control and agility of aircraft and flight data with highly-integrated, highly-customizable aircraft operations tools that tap into the power of ViaSat´s advanced high capacity Ka-band satellite network, which has more capacity in orbit than any other in-flight WiFi provider.

In connection with the acquisition, ViaSat established a presence in Dublin, Ireland, and will continue to build its operations in Sydney, Australia.

Arconics, registered as Aerodocs Limited in Ireland, offers enterprise software and mobile applications for aircraft operators. The company´s mission is to help operators reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure compliance with regulatory obligations.

ViaSat, Inc. is a global broadband services and technology company that provides on the ground or in-flight communication access to consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel.