KVH Receives $20 Million Contract for Commercial Aircraft Antennas
KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems for mobile platforms, announced that it is entering the commercial aviation market following the award of a $20.1 million contract from a leading in-flight entertainment supplier. Under the terms of the multi- year contract, KVH will design, develop, and manufacture new DIRECTV- compatible satellite TV antennas to be used on narrowbody commercial aircraft operating in the United States.
"This new endeavor marks a significant and logical step in KVH's evolution as a leading source for innovative mobile broadband technology on land, sea, and now in the air," said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer. "As KVH has demonstrated in boats and vehicles around the globe over the last 15 years, live satellite television content like sporting events and breaking news is a compelling product for consumers."
KVH will be building upon its award-winning TracVision mobile satellite TV technology, currently used on vessels, cars, recreational vehicles, and trucks. With this technology as a foundation, KVH will develop a new, low- profile antenna designed to mount on the fuselage of commercial aircraft.
"In the aviation market, passenger demand for premier in-flight entertainment and the recognition by airlines that live programming offers competitive and financial benefits is driving significant growth. We look forward to working with our customer to meet that demand and foster the expansion of this market in the future," concluded Mr. Kits van Heyningen.