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Viasat Achieves First In-Flight Connectivity Type Certification in China

Apr 28,2022

Viasat has achieved the first type certification for its in-flight connectivity system in China on the Airbus A320.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a Validation of Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) to the satellite operator for the installation of Ka-band satellite systems on Airbus A320s. Under the new VSTC, A320 operators based in China can modify their aircraft with Viasat's antenna, radome, modem, server, and wireless access points (WAPs).

According to Viasat, the new VSTC was issued based on an Airbus A320 STC previously certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Xinhua, a Chinese media outlet managed by China's government, in February published an update noting that Airbus plans to deliver the 600th A320 family aircraft assembled at its final assembly line in north China's Tianjin Municipality this year.

Don Buchman, Viasat's vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, called their first Chinese type certification "significant because Chinese-based airlines, using our best-in-class equipment, are now a step closer to delivering an on-the-ground internet experience to their passengers while in-flight. We're grateful to our partners in China for their support and are committed to continuing to invest in this important market¡ªwhere we have operated since 1994¡ªfor the long run."

Viasat's CAAC A320 type certification comes following a November agreement established with China Satellite Communications (China Satcom) that will allow the satellite operator to offer its Ka-band service to domestic and international airlines via the Ka-band ChinaSat-16 satellite system.

Under this background, Aviation Digitization Technology Forum Virtual is planned to be held from July 26th to 28th, 2022, the theme of this forum is ¡°Focus on digital empowerment and accelerate the intelligent development and reform of civil aviation in China¡±, pay attention to the multi-domain and multi-agent digital transformation and intelligent upgrading of airlines, hub airports and operation support units, focus on the main contents of smart travel, smart logistics, smart operation, smart supervision, public services and innovation infrastructure, improve aircraft operation safety, operation efficiency and production organization capacity, and promote the high-quality development of the industry.

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