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Viasat wireless internet system to be added to Canadian airline

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Viasat’s Carlsbad headquarters. (Viasat photo by Brandon Davila)

A Canadian airline has picked up Carlsbad-based Viasat’s technology to allow high-speed internet access on its flights.

Porter Airlines, based in Toronto, will install Viasat’s In-Flight Entertainment systems on 20 new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, the companies announced Oct. 18. The planes are expected to go into services in 2024.

The addition makes Porter the only Canadian airline to offer free and fast in-flight Wi-Fi access for its entire Embraer E195-E2 fleet, according to the company. The high-speed wireless internet system uses Viasat’s Ka-band satellite technology.

“It has been exciting for the team at Viasat to be a part of Porter Airlines’ continued growth and its distinct onboard passenger experience with free Wi-Fi,” Don Buchman, Viasat vice president and general manager for commercial aviation, said in a news release. “As Porter Airlines brings on additional new E195-E2 aircraft to its existing fleet, and expands its route network, we look forward to supporting its vision for best-in-class in-flight entertainment and connectivity.”

Although Porter does not fly to San Diego or Carlsbad’s McClellan-Palomar Airport, it does fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

“It’s clear that our passengers value the high-speed and high-quality Wi-Fi on our E195-E2 fleet, which allows them to stay entertained or connected to work while in the air,” Kevin Jackson, Porter’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in the news release. “Our commitment to make the Wi-Fi fast and free has helped build on our award-winning approach to hospitality as we continue to expand across North America.”