June 19, 2024

Breeze Airways taps Viasat for inflight connectivity

Breeze Airways has chosen Viasat to outfit its complete Airbus A220-300 fleet with its most advanced inflight connectivity (IFC) solution.

Breeze has 80 Airbus A220s on order with an option for an additional 40. While Breeze will operate the Airbus A220 starting in May, the first aircraft featuring Viasat connectivity is expected to enter service in October 2022.

Breeze aims to make travel more digitally accessible and seamless—whether that is through its app or through deploying Viasat’s innovative IFC system. Specifically, Viasat’s IFC service provides a fast, streaming internet experience in the sky, which it claims is comparable to what passengers expect on the ground. It is powered by Viasat’s high-capacity, Ka-band satellite network, and will enable Breeze Guests the ability to enjoy entertainment and streaming content, stay in touch with family, friends and co-workers or be productive at any stage of the flight – all on their personal electronic devices.

“Our vision for inflight 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,” said Breeze founder and CEO David
Neeleman. “We identified a natural partner in Viasat — not only in the performance, speed and satellite capacity advantage, but as a great cultural partner in the way we both seek to prioritize the digital experience.”

Don Buchman, Viasat’s vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, added: “From our first discussions with Breeze, there was a great fit based on how the airline values the digital experience for its Guests and how our world-class IFC solution delivers on that promise. Specifically, for their expanding network and
transcontinental routes, we can deliver the industry’s fastest in-flight connectivity service—even for bandwidth intensive applications like streaming video, which dominate internet traffic today.”