Chalk up another in-flight WiFi win for Viasat. Breeze selected the satellite provider to deliver internet service on its A220 fleet beginning later this year.
Our vision for in-flight connectivity extends way beyond just delivering high-quality streaming and internet speeds. It will enable us to offer a fully-integrated and seamless experience through the Breeze app, giving our Guests unparalleled access to a wide array of personalized services and options.– Breeze Founder and CEO David Neeleman
Viasat expects that Breeze’s first connected A220 will take flight in October, following the type’s entry into service for the airline in May 2022. That small delay for in-flight connectivity was first noted during the carrier’s A220 unveiling event last October.
Breeze previously eliminated Intelsat (Neeleman still calls it Gogo) from contention, but Viasat and Panasonic Avionics were teased as possible options. Still, the selection of Viasat does not come as much of a surprise. The company’s recent track record winning deals has been impressive, as has its ability to quickly and reliably roll out its offering to airlines.
Speaking to the new partnership, Breeze CEO David Neeleman describes Viasat as a “natural partner,” noting “not only in the performance, speed and satellite capacity advantage” but also the cultural fit in how “both seek to prioritize the digital experience.”
Pricing details for the service were not included, though both companies are clear that a streaming option will be available at one of the service tiers. Breeze previously said the “Nicest” bundle purchases will include full access to the service on board. Neeleman also hinted at the possibility of a free messaging option for everyone on board, but whether that makes it into the final offering is not yet clear.
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