ViaSat Inc. said Sept. 8 that it has signed an agreement with SAS, the Scandinavian airline, to supply high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity on the carrier’s short-haul and medium-haul aircraft in Europe. Eutelsat will deliver the satellite internet signal.
Stockholm-based SAS expects to make a total investment of approximately 500 million Swedish kronor (about $58 million at current exchange rates) over a three year period. The figure covers the entire project, including onboard Wi-Fi and a slate of cabin upgrades.
The first aircraft with the new Wi-Fi system will enter service in mid-2017.
In addition to the 30 new Airbus A320s, SAS plans to upgrade 70 existing cabins between 2017 and mid-2019.
The announcement follows the Sept. 1 announcement that ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) and Eutelsat plan to deliver Wi-Fi service on Finnair’s short-haul European flights.
ViaSat is based in Carlsbad.