LiveTV receives 737-900 supplemental type certificate from FAA

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LiveTV has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install its next generation Ka-band inflight internet and streaming entertainment systems on Boeing 737-900 aircraft.

The company, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways, announced that the FAA granted it a supplemental type certificate for the 737-900 less than one month after it receiving a certificate to install the system on Airbus A320 aircraft, says a LiveTV media release.

LiveTV did not immediately respond to questions about which 737-900 operators will purchase its Ka-band system, but United Airlines has contracts with LiveTV and satellite communications provider ViaSat to install ka-bank internet on more than 200 of its Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft.

United’s fleet includes 80 737-900ERs, according to the Ascend Online database. The carrier also has orders for an additional 85 737-900ERs and options to purchase 84 of the type.

Alaska Airlines and Indonesian carrier Lion Air also operate sizeable 737-900ER fleets.