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Air Canada and Intelsat Boost In-Flight Connectivity on 95 More Planes

Air Canada and Intelsat, the globe’s top-tier in-flight connectivity (IFC) provider, have made a major announcement for digital-native passengers. An additional 95 aircraft in the airline’s fleet will get advanced connectivity systems to support in-flight Wi-Fi. This expansion includes adding Intelsat’s new Electronically Steered Array (ESA) antenna.

Air Canada's 737MAX aircraft get Wi-Fi from Intelsat.

Meeting the Demand of the Digital Age

The digital age has dramatically changed the way we fly. Even in the air, staying connected is no longer a luxury but a necessity for many travelers. Air Canada has taken a massive leap forward in this area by making Wi-Fi available on more planes.

Intelsat, a powerhouse in the satellite and terrestrial networks sector, is no stranger to Air Canada. They have provided seamless in-flight internet on 240 aircraft spanning Air Canada, Rouge, and Air Canada Express.

Details of the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) Installations

With the recent expansion, IFC installations will now grace three major types of Air Canada aircraft:

  • The Boeing 737 MAX (40 aircraft) will receive Intelsat’s 2Ku IFC system starting this year.
  • The 55 Embraer 175 and Mitsubishi CRJ-900 aircraft flown by Jazz are currently paired with Intelsat’s air-to-ground system. They will be upgraded with the new ESA antenna installations beginning in 2024.

A 14-Year Connectivity Partnership Grows

Dave Bijur, Senior Vice President of Commercial for Intelsat Commercial Aviation, expressed his enthusiasm. “Intelsat has been delivering reliable in-flight connectivity to Air Canada and its passengers for 14 years,” he said. “Air Canada’s leadership will continue for decades, thanks to this investment in 2Ku connectivity for the 737 MAX fleet and the decision to install Intelsat’s innovative multi-orbit service across their regional jet operation.”

Mark Nasr, Air Canada’s Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital, and President of Aeroplan echoed the sentiment. “The efforts and the commitment of Intelsat’s team and their service partners made the difference for us. We’re confident Intelsat provides proven technology, an extensible platform and network, and the right vision for the future of in-flight connectivity. Through our Bell partnership, equipment installation schedule, and strong conviction around the importance of in-flight connectivity, we seek to offer our customers the best and most consistently available offering in the industry.”

More Wi-Fi-Equipped Flights in Canada

Air Canada and its regional partner Jazz now offer more Wi-Fi-equipped flights than any other airline in the country. This pivotal partnership with Intelsat will cement Air Canada’s leadership position. It ensures passengers can connect to the Internet throughout its worldwide network.

Intelsat’s 2Ku Solution

One of Intelsat’s standout products is the 2Ku solution. This state-of-the-art tech combines a low-profile, fuselage-mounted antenna with dependable performance. Intelsat’s new ESA, less than three inches tall, is a groundbreaking piece of tech. It works seamlessly with Intelsat’s geo-stationary satellites and OneWeb’s Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. This unique setup ensures that Air Canada offers the highest quality inflight internet experience available.

Staying connected in the skies has never been more effortless and efficient. This partnership sets a new standard for in-flight connectivity. It ensures passengers remain plugged into the digital world even when flying high above it.

About Intelsat

Intelsat has been bridging the digital divide with its state-of-the-art global network and managed services. With six decades of innovation, Intelsat’s team is on a continuous journey of transforming the industry.

About Air Canada

As Canada’s flag bearer in the skies, Air Canada operates over 180 airports across six continents. Their Aeroplan program stands out as Canada’s top travel loyalty system. Air Canada aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 from all global operations.

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