Airshare Selects Viasat for Bombardier Challengers

 - August 16, 2022, 9:43 AM
Airshare is expanding its fleet to include the super-midsize Challenger 350 and Challenger 3500 and equipping each of them with Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity system. (Photo: Airshare)

Kansas-based fractional provider Airshare has selected Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity system for its new Bombardier Challenger 350s and future Challenger 3500 deliveries. The first installation on an Airshare Challenger 350 was completed in July, with others to follow over the remainder of the year.

Offering high-speed connectivity during all phases of flight—taxi, takeoff, and landing—Viasat’s service allows users to conduct video streaming and conferencing, as well as access corporate VPNs from multiple devices at the same time.

“Excellent connectivity is no longer simply a nice-to-have amenity while in-flight,” said Airshare president and CEO John Owen. “Airshare’s service demands a reliable connectivity solution that provides fast speeds and a consistent connection from takeoff to touchdown. Our owners want to stay productive, stream video, and otherwise stay in touch with what's happening on the ground. Choosing Viasat for our new deliveries was an important step as Airshare enters our next phase of growth."

Airshare's fleet mostly comprises Embraer Phenom 100s and 300s, but the company recently added super-midsize Challengers to expand its operations along the East Coast.