ViaSat has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval from the FAA for its second-generation (Gen-2) in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system. The certification allows ViaSat to offer internet services on Boeing 737 aircrafts. The first installation of the Gen-2 equipment was certified on a Qantas 737-800 aircraft in June 2017.
Achieving STC approval demonstrates the flight worthiness of ViaSat’s Gen-2 Ka-band radome, antenna, entertainment software, and in-cabin Wi-Fi distribution system. The Gen-2 equipment can enable faster in-flight internet speeds, more capacity, more streaming, and enhanced entertainment.