Carlsbad, CA and Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil /PRNewswire/ - Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; B3: BOVESPA: EMBR3), a global aerospace company, today announced they entered into a Buyer-Furnished Equipment (BFE) agreement to offer Viasat's advanced In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system as a line-fit option on Embraer's family of E2 aircraft. Viasat is the first Ka-band IFC supplier to have a line-fit IFC solution available on the Embraer E2 family.
By selecting Viasat's IFC system as a factory option on the Embraer E2 aircraft prior to delivery, airlines will be able to offer, from day one of aircraft service, an advanced IFC experience to each passenger and flight crew member, while avoiding costly down-time associated with taking aircraft out of service for post-production IFC retrofits. Today, multiple airlines, including Azul Airlines, have selected Embraer E2 aircraft equipped with Viasat's IFC system direct from the factory.
Rodrigo Silva e Souza, VP Marketing, Embraer Commercial Aviation, commented, "At Embraer, we pride ourselves on building the world's most efficient aircraft in their category, as well as on continuously pursuing advancements in technologies that help improve passenger comfort and experience. With Viasat's IFC system now line-fit available, we are enabling our airline customers to offer a highly optimized in-flight Wi-Fi experience that will keep them highly-competitive and will allow them to delight their passengers."
Don Buchman, Viasat's vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation added, "We're excited to work with our partners at Embraer to make our industry-leading Ka-band IFC kit available direct from the factory on the company's family of E2 aircraft, one of the world's most popular series of jets."
Embraer delivered its E195-E2 type certificate with Viasat IFC line-fit to an airline customer in 2020.
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