Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) has launched commercial service of its new high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi service on its short- and medium-haul routes between Scandinavia and Europe.

The new in-flight Wi-Fi system, is powered by global communications company Viasat Inc.

“We have made a big investment in our in-flight Wi-Fi product to ensure our customers enjoy the best in-flight internet experience,” said Therese Lorenius, vice president, Product and Services, SAS. Together with our recent investments in our new A320neo aircraft, SAS is now even more competitive and able to maintain its strong position on the Scandinavian market.”

Starting this month, passengers have gate-to-gate access to the internet for advanced streaming and other online applications.

The SAS Wi-Fi system has already been installed on 28 aircraft, and by September the airline expects to have around 40 aircraft installed with the new high-speed Wi-Fi system. SAS expects the vast majority of its fleet to be Wi-Fi-enabled by the first quarter of 2020.

Lorenius continued, “Fast and stable Wi-Fi is a service passengers ask for today. Both leisure passengers who want to watch their favourite TV show on holiday and business flyers who want to work onboard need a high-speed and trustworthy internet service when they are online. It is not just an investment in the internet; it is an investment in an extraordinary customer experience for our passengers.”

The SAS Wi-Fi product uses the latest antenna and Wi-Fi technology from Viasat, which connects to Viasat’s high-capacity satellite in Europe—which sits approximately 35,000 kilometres above the Earth—to enable fast streaming, web browsing and more—all at 10,000 metres.