Volato Inks Agreement to Equip Fractional Fleet with SmartSky Inflight Connectivity

Sept. 5, 2023
New aircraft deliveries to be fitted with SmartSky's next-generation inflight Wi-Fi.

Volato, an innovator in private aviation, and SmartSky, an air-to-ground inflight connectivity provider, have entered into an agreement to equip Volato's HondaJet fractional fleet of more than 20 new aircraft with SmartSky's next-generation inflight Wi-Fi technology, which delivers performance its current customers describe as "game changing." The agreement between the two companies includes the installation of SmartSky LITE systems on new Volato HondaJets, with the option to upgrade existing aircraft.

"Outstanding customer experience is a critical point of differentiation for Volato, and in-flight Wi-Fi with streaming-level performance is a very important part of that overall experience," said Mike Prachar, Chief Operating Officer of Volato. "After evaluating the available options for Wi-Fi for our fleet, SmartSky demonstrated the capability to deliver the high-quality connected experience our customers expect. We were also attracted to the fact that its software-defined features will allow us to keep up with new technology developments without requiring new hardware so we can keep our customers flying with no disruptions to service or the latest in-flight Wi-Fi speeds."

A fractional, charter and jet card provider, Volato offers highly efficient solutions in private aviation. This includes selecting aircraft models for their fractional fleet that offer the greatest fuel efficiency with the largest cabins in their class, so there is no need to compromise on luxury while minimizing environmental impact.

"Partnering with an operator like Volato is especially exciting because of the excellence and efficiency it demonstrates in all of its private aviation services. It is fitting for Volato customers to soon experience the kind of connectivity that makes flying more productive and enjoyable so that they land happy," said Ryan Stone, President of SmartSky. "Whether on smaller airframes or larger cabins, SmartSky users experience the same streaming-level performance from the most advanced infight connectivity ever built."