Viasat partners with StandardAero to offer connectivity package to Bombardier aircraft

Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has announced it has entered into an exclusive distributor agreement with StandardAero to offer a high-speed connectivity package for Bombardier Global business jets, the company said.

The package will cover Viasat´s Ka-band and dual-band Ka-/Ku-band equipment, inclusive of the Viasat shipset, radome and STC, for all Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft.

Through this agreement, operators and other maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) shops of Bombardier Global aircraft can work directly with StandardAero to install Viasat´s in-flight connectivity system on the select named Bombardier models.

StandardAero will offer Viasat´s most advanced business aviation dual-band, Ku-band and Ka-band shipsets, including the Global Aero Terminal 5510, which will tap into the ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and European Ka-band satellite platforms, and will be forward-compatible with Viasat´s future-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3–enabling use of the ViaSat-3 capacity with no additional hardware upgrades.

ViaSat-3 is an ultra-high capacity satellite platform, which will be comprised of three ViaSat-3 class satellites offering global coverage. Each ViaSat-3 satellite is expected to deliver one terabit per second capacity, which is around the estimated total network capacity of commercial communications satellites in space today.

StandardAero is an independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications. In 2015, StandardAero was purchased by Veritas Capital, a leading private equity firm headquartered in New York City.

Viasat is a global communications company that is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people´s lives anywhere they are–on the ground, in the air or at sea.