March 3, 2024

Lufthansa Group chooses Viasat for IFC upgrades

Lufthansa Group has selected Viasat to equip more than 150 additional aircraft with a new inflight connectivity (IFC) system.

Called the European Aviation Network (EAN), the IFC solution will be rolled out across the aviation group’s Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines fleets. 

EAN will provide S-band satellite coverage provided by Viasat with a complementary ground component network operated by long-standing Viasat and Lufthansa Group partner, Deutsche Telekom. The service will support streaming and other high bandwidth requirements.

The announcement bolsters the existing partnership between Viasat and Lufthansa Group, whereby Inmarsat, which was recently acquired by Viasat, has provided its Ka-band IFC service to Lufthansa Group since 2015. 

EAN takes advantage of small, low weight and low drag terminals, enabling Lufthansa Group to unlock cost-saving opportunities and enhance its sustainability credentials. These factors were key in Lufthansa Group’s selection for its A320 and A220 fleets.

Lufthansa Group has also recently launched its onboard portal, FlyNet, which will be accessible on EAN-equipped aircraft. The portal gives passengers the opportunity to login to IFC using their Travel ID or Miles and More login, accessing information such as menus and duty-free offers and advertisements.

Don Buchman, GM and VP: Commercial Aviation at Viasat, said: “We’re so pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Lufthansa Group, bringing the consistent, seamless in-flight connectivity solution that passengers want via the European Aviation Network. 

“With so many passengers set to benefit, we’re excited to see the impact that EAN has on Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian Airlines’ fleets – especially in helping them remain at the forefront of offering a superior passenger experience, no matter which intra-European route or aircraft they fly.”

David Fox, Vice President: Inflight and Connectivity Services at Deutsche Telekom, added: “EAN is a game-changer in inflight connectivity. The service adapts perfectly to Europe’s unique telco infrastructure and provides an exceptional connectivity experience for passengers while they fly above the European continent. EAN also offers a highly compelling business case for carriers due to its lightweight, small and low maintenance equipment.”