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Air Canada Selects Intelsat for Expanded Fleet Connectivity

Air Canada has selected Intelsat to provide connectivity for nearly 100 additional aircraft across their fleet, including Intelsat’s new multi-orbit electronically steered array (ESA) antenna for the aircraft in the airline’s regional fleet.

Intelsat Selected by Air Canada for Expanded Fleet Connectivity - Courtesy Air Canada

On Tuesday (September 5, 2023), Air Canada announced that they have selected Intelsat, one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), to provide systems for nearly 100 additional aircraft across their fleet. Currently, Intelsat operates inflight internet on 240 aircraft across the Air Canada, Rouge and Air Canada Express fleets. The new program includes IFC installation on three type of aircraft, including a fleet of 40 Boeing 737 MAX Family airplanes, which will be equipped starting this year with Intelsat’s 2Ku IFC system. The airline’s fleet of Embraer 175 and 55 Mitsubishi CRJ-900s flown by Air Canada’s Jazz will be upgraded from Intelsat’s air-to-ground system with the company’s ESA antenna starting in 2024.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Air Canada’s EVP – Marketing & Digital, and President of Aeroplan, Mark Nasr, said,

“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.”

Also commenting on the expanded connectivity partnership, Intersat’s SVP of Commercial, Dave Bijur, said,

“Intelsat has been delivering reliable in-flight connectivity to Air Canada and its passengers for 14 years. Air Canada’s leadership will continue for decades to come 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.”

Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline. The Canadian flag carrier is a founding member of the Star Alliance and the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking from Skytrax. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service to 180 airports in Canada, the United States, and internationally on six continents. Through the carrier’s Aeroplan loyalty program, customers can earn and redeem points on the world’s largest airline partner network of 45 airlines. Air Canada Cargo offers air freight lift and connectivity to hundreds of destinations across six continents with a dedicated fleet of 767-300 Freighters and passenger aircraft belly hold capacity. Additionally, the airline has committed to a net zero emissions goal from all global operations by 2050.

Source: Air Canada


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