Satellite communications provider Inmarsat has clinched a contract with British Airways owner International Airlines Group to provide in-flight internet access to more than 300 aircraft.
The deal secures the launch of the mobile services firm’s “game-changing” European Aviation Network, which is being built with Deutsche Telekom.
Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat’s aviation division, said the agreement would provide internet browsing, video streaming, gaming and other online services to all IAG’s carriers, including BA, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling.
The deal will see 90% of the overall short-haul fleet being equipped by early in 2019.
Mondale said: “The rollout of our European Aviation Network is progressing at full pace and today’s contract signing with IAG as our launch customer has reinforced once again how Inmarsat’s aviation strategy is coming together.
“Passenger demand for in-flight broadband has never been stronger and Inmarsat’s cutting-edge technology will remain the market’s gold standard for a long time to come.”