Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has selected communications company Viasat’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) system for its new Airbus A321LR and A330-300E aircraft.

Viasat’s latest Ka-band IFC kit will be installed on the new aircraft for in-flight connections.

The A321LR and A330-300E are part of SAS’s plans to enhance its narrow-body and wide-body long-haul fleet, as well as upgrade and expand global flight routes.

The deployment of Viasat’s high-speed, high-quality gate-to-gate IFC service will support the airlines’ modernisation plans.

Viasat Commercial Aviation vice-president and general manager Don Buchman said: “Since first working with SAS, we built a strong partnership based on delivering service quality and creating value for SAS’ passengers by enabling them to enjoy and experience connectivity in the air that was similar to what they expected on the ground.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the level of service we bring to each airline engagement. Extending the use of our in-flight Wi-Fi service beyond SAS short-haul flights – to now include long-haul and transatlantic routes – will help SAS meet the growing broadband demands of their passengers.”

The Ka-band IFC kit will provide connectivity when the aircraft fly within Viasat’s satellite coverage area.

Viasat’s existing and future satellite systems include the ViaSat-1, WildBlue-1, Anik F2, KA-SAT, and ViaSat-2.

These satellites provide service over North America, Europe, Mediterranean Basin, Central America, the Caribbean and part of northern South America, as well as primary aeronautical routes across the Atlantic Ocean bridging North America and Europe.

The ViaSat-3 satellite constellation will provide near global coverage.

Last month, JetBlue Airways selected Viasat to power its Fly-Fi in-flight internet service across its new Airbus A220-300 fleet.