The partnership with ViaSat enables us to provide true 'always connected' Ethernet in-flight entertainment and cabin management to our business jet customers. ViaSat shares a vision with Lufthansa Technik to extend the reach of the Internet to the aircraft cabin at high speeds and at affordable prices, and we can offer that right now
CARLSBAD, Calif. (PRWEB) October 6, 2008
The ViaSat airborne broadband service provides passengers onboard an aircraft with a convenient, office-in-the-sky experience that is on-par with the latest in home and office IP network products and services. In addition, ViaSat is planning a premium video service that is designed to enable airborne travelers to view their home TV channels or video library selections in the appropriate format for any display on the aircraft.
"We share a common vision with Lufthansa Technik that the business aircraft cabin should be an extension of terrestrial broadband IP networks," said Don Buchman, Director for Mobile Broadband Systems at ViaSat. "Our ArcLight airborne broadband communication network, in combination with the Lufthansa Technik nice™ cabin management system, is expected to make that vision a reality. We want any seat on the aircraft to truly become part of the passenger's office network or home theater."
"The partnership with ViaSat enables us to provide true 'always connected' Ethernet in-flight entertainment and cabin management to our business jet customers. ViaSat shares a vision with Lufthansa Technik to extend the reach of the Internet to the aircraft cabin at high speeds and at affordable prices, and we can offer that right now," said Andrew Muirhead, director of the Lufthansa Technik Innovation business unit.
Recently ViaSat announced plans to expand its ArcLight® network to provide worldwide coverage by the end of 2009. With ArcLight networks already serving aviation and maritime customers over North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, and Europe, ViaSat is working with maritime broadband service provider KVH Industries to expand network coverage on a region by region basis. Coverage of the North Pacific will begin in December with coverage of Japan and Southeast Asia to follow shortly thereafter.
About Lufthansa Technik (http://www.lufthansa-technik.com)
The Lufthansa Technik Group is one of the worldwide leading OEM-independent providers of aircraft related technical services. With a workforce of 25,000 in 30 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the US, Lufthansa Technik achieved total sales of 3.6 billion Euro in 2007. As an internationally licensed repair, production and development organization, Lufthansa Technik offers the complete service portfolio for overhaul, maintenance, repair, modification and completion of aircraft including engines and components.
About ViaSat (http://www.viasat.com)
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company has five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies (ICT), and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.
Portions of this release, particularly statements about the role of ViaSat and Lufthansa Technik in cooperating and establishing networks, premium video service, network extension and expansion, worldwide coverage, and the performance and deliveries of ViaSat products and technology contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat's SEC filings available at http://www.sec.gov, including without limitation, ViaSat's annual reports on Form 10-K and ViaSat's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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