Malaysia Airlines is upgrading the inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems for its new Boeing 737-8 fleet. The upgrades will include high-speed internet connectivity, as well as an enhanced in-flight experience through the airline’s wireless IFE system, MHstudio, which provides access to over 500 on-demand entertainment options and personalised shopping experiences.
The airline has selected Viasat to outfit the new Boeing 737-8 fleet with its wireless IFE system, which will be followed, as part of its connectivity strategy, with high-quality internet connectivity to enable cabin wi-fi. The agreement includes the factory installation of Viasat’s equipment on the aircraft, the first of which is expected to be delivered to Malaysia Airlines later this month.
Don Buchman, VP and GM, commercial aviation at Viasat, said the company has enjoyed working closely with the airline’s teams to create a tailored connectivity solution for its new Boeing 737-8 aircraft and anticipated routes. “The initial deliveries of these new aircraft equipped with the Viasat system is an exciting milestone for our partnership with Malaysia Airlines, and, more broadly, for in-flight connectivity in the Asia Pacific region,” he stated.
Anticipated flight routes for the B737-8s include across Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and the high-speed internet connectivity on the new fleet will leverage Viasat’s Ka-band satellite network in the region, including ViaSat-3 APAC (once launched and in service).