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G280 customers to take advantage of Viasat IFC
Any G280 with Viasat's Ka-band Global Aero Terminal 5510 will receive a premium cabin internet experience over the most heavily travelled flight routes, providing connectivity ‘from California to the Mediterranean’.

Communications company Viasat's Ka-band 'no speed limit' in-flight connectivity (IFC) service is now available on the Gulfstream G280 airframe.

Viasat removed internet speed limits delivered to G280 aircraft, which will enable passengers and crew an opportunity to maximise their home-like connectivity in-flight experiences with the fastest available business aviation IFC download speeds in the super mid-size business jet segment. The Ka-band service plans enable concurrent use of business-critical productivity and entertainment apps from video-conferencing, accessing cloud content and email to enjoying high-definition streaming services and live TV.

Business area director Claudio D'Amico says: “In working with Gulfstream to equip its G280 aircraft with our certified equipment, we can enable its customers to have a premium IFC experience. In fact, Gulfstream customers flying with our new 'no speed limit' service plans typically experience speeds greater than 40 Mbps, which gives them the freedom to enjoy the internet the way they want to from take-off to landing.”

Any G280 equipped with Viasat's Ka-band Global Aero Terminal 5510 will receive a premium cabin internet experience over the most heavily travelled flight routes. Today, this terminal can communicate with Viasat's ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and KA-SAT satellite platforms, providing internet connectivity from California to the Mediterranean. The terminal will be forward-compatible with Viasat's next-generation global satellite constellation, ViaSat-3, which will give G280 customers global connectivity, once the satellite system is fully launched and operational.

The IFC system has received STC from the FAA for installation and use on the G280. With this certification, Gulfstream can offer Viasat's equipment as a customer option on the aircraft.

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