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Viasat to Provide Broadband for Korean Air’s Airbus A321neo Fleet

By Rachel Jewett | August 29, 2023
Wi-Fi on the Airbus A321neo. Photo: Korean Air

Wi-Fi on the Airbus A321neo. Photo: Korean Air

Viasat snags another in-flight connectivity win, announcing a deal Tuesday to connect 30 Airbus A321neo planes for Korea’s flagship air carrier, Korean Air. The aircraft will be operated on short and mid-haul flights between Seoul and destinations across Asia.

Viasat is working with hardware provider Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI) to develop the solution required for Korean Air, combining IFC airtime and Safran’s inflight entertainment and connectivity hardware.

This is Korean Air’s first IFC deal. The company said its selection process started in 2018. 

“It was clear that Viasat’s technology was unparalleled and they understood our vision. The new connectivity system will be a fundamental part of our digital strategy and customer experience going forward. Coupled with the advanced features of our fuel-efficient, next-generation A321neo aircraft, we look forward to taking our passenger experience to the next level,” commented Kenneth Chang, Korean Air’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Last week, Viasat announced an IFC deal with Malaysia’s national air carrier, Malaysia Airlines.