El Al announces plans to expand its partnership with Viasat in order to provide high speed internet to all of its planes. Currently, El Al’s new 787 Dreamliners are equipped with the Viasat system. El Al will now install the system in its 777s and 737-800s, as well. El Al hopes to have its complete fleet equipped with high speed internet connectivity by the end of 2020.
“EL AL takes great pride in being an innovative airline, and they continue to push the in-flight connectivity boundaries,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, Viasat. “EL AL was first to launch Viasat’s fast IFC service in Europe and the Middle East; first to deploy high-speed internet on transatlantic flights using the advanced ViaSat-2 satellite; and are now the first airline to bring IFC to the Boeing 777 aircraft for global routes before the launch of our ViaSat-3 satellite constellation. Enabling high-speed, high-quality internet to their full fleet confirms their dedication to bring customers and crew fast, reliable connectivity service—no matter where they fly.”