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Viasat Wins Embraer Ka-band Contract for Legacy Executive Jets

By Adrienne Harebottle | May 29, 2018
Embraer Legacy 500 medium cabin aircraft

Embraer Legacy 500 medium cabin aircraft. Photo Credit: Embraer

Viasat has announced that Embraer is the first original equipment manufacturer to select Viasat’s high-speed, high-capacity Ka-band connectivity solution for its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets. Aircraft will be equipped with Viasat’s Global Aero Terminal 5510, which will tap into the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and European Ka-band satellite platforms. It will also will be forward-compatible with Viasat’s future-generation satellite constellation ViaSat-3, enabling use of capacity with no additional hardware upgrades.

The Embraer-Viasat partnership also marks the first Ka-band satellite broadband connectivity line-fit selection for a medium cabin business jet. This enables Embraer’s customers to have immediate access to Viasat’s connectivity system directly from the factory. Initial speeds offered are expected to be 16 Mbps and may increase as Viasat brings more capacity online. In addition, Viasat will offer a live TV streaming feature, which will give passengers the ability to watch live TV, content and entertainment on their portable electronic devices.