Neos Adds Viasat In-Flight Connectivity to its Fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners
MILAN and CARLSBAD, Calif., February 5, 2019 – Neos, the Italian leisure airline, and Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced that Viasat’s high-quality in-flight connectivity service will be offered on Neos’ fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Neos selected Viasat for its industry-leading satellite communications systems, which are widely-recognized for delivering high-value, premium in-flight internet performance-at-scale.
“Viasat has a reputation for delivering superior, highly-reliable in-flight internet experiences—and we are happy to provide this level of service to all Neos guests today and well into the future,” said Carlo Stradiotti, CEO, Neos. “We’re excited about Viasat’s global communications roadmap—as we’ll have access to the world’s most advanced satellite systems to help realize our goal: to deploy fully connected capabilities across our entire modernized fleet.”
To meet the growing broadband demands of its passengers, Neos will have access to Viasat’s current satellite communications systems in North America to the Caribbean and tip of northern South America; over the Atlantic Ocean; in Europe, through its jointly-owned satellite; as well as the ViaSat-3 satellite constellation under development.
“We’re driven to meet our airline partners’ current and future connectivity needs by bringing proven, scalable communications technology to their fleets,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation at Viasat. “In working with Neos, we recognized their interest to bring a best-in-class and reliable in-flight internet experience to every passenger—with fast in-flight web browsing and rich online media streaming. We’re confident that our system’s superior capacity, consistency and growing reach will meet Neos’ long-term in-flight connectivity requirements.”
In addition to tapping into Viasat’s high-capacity communications satellite via the latest-generation Viasat in-flight internet equipment, Neos will also work with Viasat on a customized portal, giving passengers an easy interface to connect to the onboard Wi-Fi system.
Established in 2001, Neos is an Italian leisure airline with its headquarters in Somma Lombardo and main base at Milan-Malpensa Airport. Neos operates an all-Boeing fleet with flights to destinations in southern Europe, West and East Africa, Indian Ocean Asia, the Caribbean and Mexico. Neos became the first Italian operator of the Boeing 787 when its first 787-9 entered service in December 2017.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include among others, statements that refer to the speed, performance, value, availability, coverage, capacity and reliability of Viasat’s in-flight internet and satellite systems; the ability to meet future broadband demands, including through the ViaSat-3 satellite platform; the installation of the Viasat in-flight internet system on Neos aircraft; and the development of a customized passenger portal. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: 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; Viasat's ability to realize the anticipated benefits of the ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms; unexpected expenses or delays related to the satellite systems; the ability to successfully implement Viasat's business plan for broadband satellite services on Viasat's anticipated timeline or at all, including with respect to the ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellite platforms; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of Viasat's satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; and increased competition and other factors affecting the aviation sector generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and 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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