Viasat Wins Malaysia Airlines IFC Deal

Malaysia Airlines has selected Viasat’s IFC solution for its new Boeing 737-8 fleet. (Photo: Malaysia Airlines)

Malaysia’s national air carrier, Malaysia Airlines, selected Viasat’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for its new Boeing 737-8 fleet. The companies announced the deal Thursday, and said the first factory installation is expected to be delivered later this month.

The new fleet has anticipated flight routes across Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The airline will leverage Viasat’s Ka-band satellite network in the region, including the third ViaSat-3 satellite covering Asia and Pacific region, once it is launched.

Malaysia Airlines operates its own wireless in-flight entertainment system, MHstudio.

The airline offers complimentary Wi-Fi on some A359, A333 and A332 aircraft. All Business Suite, Business Class, and Enrich Platinum members can access up to 100MB of complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity onboard.

“We are committed to continuously seeking ways to elevate our customer experience, providing personalized offerings and delivering exceptional onboard experiences with Malaysian hospitality. By empowering passengers with the flexibility to enjoy on-demand entertainment through the new in-flight entertainment system throughout their journey, this initiative represents just one facet of our ongoing commitment to innovation and continuous improvement,” commented Ahmad Luqman Mohd Azmi, CEO of Airlines from Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG).

This is the latest in a string of IFC wins for Viasat, which powers Delta’s free on-board Wi-Fi. Other deals include Virgin AtlanticSouthwest AirlinesBreeze Airways, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

This article was originally published by sister publication Via Satellite. It has been edited.

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