High-speed internet for JetBlue
Tags: holiday; Luton; Stansted; airport transfers to London
Travellers will now be able to access the “best in-flight broadband” while they jet off on holiday.
People travelling with JetBlue Airways will be provided with high-speed Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity.
The move comes after the airline struck a deal with communications product producer ViaSat to bring broadband to its 160-strong fleet.
The internet facilities will allow passengers travelling to the UK through the company’s partner Aer Lingus to plan ahead if they are travelling from London to Luton or Stansted, or if they need information on any airport transfers.
ViaSat will provide JetBlue’s Airbus A320 and Embraer 190 models with Ka-band antenna components and ‘SurfBeam2′ modems.
It will also provide the airline with two-way transmission bandwidth services using the WildBlue-1 and high-capacity ViaSat-1 satellites.
The installation and integration of the new services on board the aircraft will be managed by the airline’s live television provider LiveTV.
JetBlue added that on-board TV will also bring Wi-Fi enabled services to the airline experience and help the company plan for the future.
JetBlue CEO Dave Barger said: “This system will be designed for the 21st century, not just for today’s personal connectivity needs, but with the bandwidth to expand to meet tomorrow’s needs as well.”
Copyright Press Association 2010