Satellite Inflight Internet: Jetblue and Viasat
JetBlue is on track to revolutionize inflight connectivity.
In partnership with ViaSat, the company is creating its own broadband connectivity solution. Using ViaSat's innovative satellite technology, it will bring customers high-capacity broadband functionality that can deliver real-time two-way communications aboard their fleet of Airbus 320 and Embraer 190.
In fall 2011, the company introduced the technology with the launch of the ViaSat-1 satellite. This satellite will bring JetBlue customers exponentially more bandwidth than any other product in commercial aviation today.
The next phase is securing FAA certification for the system and installing it on aircrafts. They expect the first aircraft with Wi-Fi to be flying by mid-2012.