Airshare taps Viasat for in-flight connectivity

By Doug Gollan, August 17, 2022

Airshare will install the Viasat high-speed connectivity solution on its Challenger 350 and Challenger 3500 fleet

Fractional and jet card provider Airshare has selected Viasat for in-flight connectivity.

It will install its high-performance Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) system on Airshare’s new Bombardier Challenger 350 deliveries and future Challenger 3500 deliveries that begin next year.

The first installation on an Airshare Challenger 350 was completed in July 2022.

Additional installations will occur over the year’s second half.

Viasat offers a high-speed connectivity solution during all phases of flight, including taxi, takeoff, and landing.

The high-speed connectivity will enable Airshare passengers to enjoy the same connected services in the air as they do on the ground, including high-quality video streaming, video conferencing, access to corporate VPN, and more.

Viasat’s satellite capacity will enable all devices onboard to stream simultaneously, even in dense geographical areas with heavy aviation traffic.

“Excellent connectivity is no longer simply a nice-to-have amenity while in-flight,” said John Owen, President and CEO of Airshare. “

He added, “Airshare’s best-in-class service demands a reliable connectivity solution that provides fast speeds and a consistent connection from takeoff to touchdown. Our owners want to stay productive, stream video, and otherwise stay in touch with what’s happening on the ground. Choosing Viasat for our new deliveries was an important step as Airshare enters our next phase of growth.”

Airshare plans to begin serving customers on the East Coast in the near future. Currently, its days-based program targets the Midwest, Southwest, Mountain, and Great Lakes regions.

In addition to the super-midsize Challengers, it offers Phenom 100 and 300 options.

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