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A Dubliner’s View on Visiting the Carlsbad Campus

The Dublin sales and marketing team had a very successful week of meetings, workshops and strategic planning sessions at ViaSat Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California last week. All eyes are on AIX 2017 (Hamburg, Germany, 4 – 6 April 2017), as a platform to tell the aviation world the compelling story of how ViaSat in-flight internet and onboard entertainment enables the accelerating trend towards personal device entertainment and complements our suite of operational apps.

More value for airlines

San-Diego-airport-Southwest.jpgThis is a big story, as you can tell. Luckily, the acquisition of Arconics by ViaSat brings together a wide selection of great people, skills and resources, plus a unified vision that helps bring us closer every day. The vision is all about delivering the best possible value to our customers and enabling the world’s greatest airlines to resolve a wide variety of challenges with in-flight internet, wireless IFE and operational apps.

ViaSat and Southern California

We flew to San Diego with Aer Lingus and United. The ViaSat campus is in Carlsbad, just a short drive north of San Diego, in a beautiful setting between the hills and the Pacific. We spent a lot of time with our colleagues in the Commercial Mobility, Aviation building, conveniently located next to Palomar Airport, so there’s
never a dull moment, with private jets and small aircraft flying by every few minutes. The team there is so welcoming, we felt right at home in seconds. Having a slide in the office to travel between floors helps too!

Over in the main building (one of over a dozen buildings on campus, with more in planning), we got to do some great work with the design team and met with really interesting people from many sections of the company. ViaSat’s ethos, and its focus on looking after its people, was evident in the details, from the rock music
playing from speakers on the palm tree-lined routes between buildings (we heard Thin Lizzy and U2 in the mix), to the on-tap orange juice and fresh-brewed coffee, to the incredible Hub, a place for ViaSat team members to connect, eat and relax in the sun. And the sun? We’d timed our visit well because, after having endured some days of rain and grey, our Californian friends brought the SoCal sun back for us. And it was just perfect.

Connecting apps and in-flight internet to deliver awesomeness

Aer-Lingus-San-Francisco-Arconics-ViaSat-Gary-Byrnes.jpgWe made super progress in planning how best we can work together over the coming years, to tell our incredible story to the airline industry. Watch this space (or sign up for our newsletter here) and we’ll keep you posted on the many awesome developments that are in the pipeline. And if I was to sum up California and ViaSat in one word, it would be that: Awesome.

Working on getting back to see the team at Carlsbad already…


Let’s meet!

Learn more about our portfolio of operational apps, wireless IFE and in-flight internet for airlines.

Let’s meet at AIX 2017…


Learn more:
AeroDocs, the Safety and Compliance Document Management System for Aviation: http://www.arconics.com/safety-compliance-document-management-aerodocs/

Modular electronic flight bag system: http://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Wireless IFE product info: http://www.arconics.com/wireless-ife-cloudstore/

Cabin Management app info: http://www.arconics.com/airline-cabin-management-paxapp/


Image credits

All pics by Arconics crew.

Gary from the Arconics crew outside Building 1.

Southwest B737 coming in to land at San Diego airport (SAN).

View of Golden Gate Bridge, departing SFO on Aer Lingus A330.