Podcast: How business aviation connectivity is changing

Claudio D’Amico and James Person on how Viasat is addressing the challenge


In this episode of the Viasat Podcast, host Alex Miller speaks with two leaders from our Business Aviation division: Claudio D’Amico and James Person.

For business and private aircraft, in-flight Wi-Fi has moved quickly in the past decade from a nice-to-have amenity on board to a necessity — especially for business travelers using their time in the air to be online and conducting business.

Similar to how our expectations of what our internet service can do on the ground have changed, air travelers’ idea of what constitutes good in-flight connectivity has increased commensurately. Where once the ability to send a text from 45,000 feet seemed miraculous, now it’s possible to get speeds good enough to stream video and engage in video-chat meetings.

Viasat has been steadily improving its service to these users, with download speeds of 30 Mbps and higher now the norm, and with more advances on the horizon.

Claudio D'Amico and James Person
Claudio D’Amico (L) and James Person

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • How the introduction of Viasat Select has given greater value and flexibility to customers on our high-speed Ka-band network
  • Some of the ways in which business and personal travel in these aircraft has changed over the course of the pandemic
  • Who are the people flying on these aircraft? It’s not just CEOs and high-net-worth individuals.
  • The importance of satellite capacity when it comes to delivering the bandwidth needed in flight
  • Viasat’s ability to match a particular type of connectivity solution with the needs of the end users and the type of aircraft upon which it’s installed, as well as how the company is looking to expand its offerings to other airframes and markets
  • How the increasing demand for more data is being met with our current fleet and how the upcoming ViaSat-3 constellation will vastly improve both capacity and coverage across the globe

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