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Press Release: Viasat teams with airline customers to support UN Women

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Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueViasat Inc., a global communications company, today announced it has partnered with five of its global airline customers — Aeromexico, Azul, Delta Air Lines, Icelandair and Neos — to support UN Women by driving awareness towards “gender equality today for a sustainable future tomorrow” in the context of the commemoration of International Women’s Day. 

Throughout the month of March 2022, Viasat and each of the participating airlines will make content from UN  Women accessible to connected passengers while in-flight. This International Women’s Day, UN Women will  amplify their call for the recognition of women and girls as leaders and change-makers implementing sustainability initiatives worldwide. They will also call for greater involvement and inclusion of women and girls in decision making, design and implementation of durable solutions for the future of our planet. 

Connected passengers on participating airlines will be prompted to learn more about UN Women’s work in one of  two ways, depending on the airline: 1) an incentive to receive 15 minutes of free in-flight Wi-Fi from Viasat in exchange for watching a thirty-second streaming campaign video, or 2) a creative display that directs passengers to UN Women’s site, where there will be an option to donate to support women and girls leading efforts to protect and restore the planet.  

Don Buchman, Viasat’s vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, said: “As an organization that  champions gender equality in meaningful ways, we’re proud to support UN Women, along with many of our airline  partners, in using satellite technology and bandwidth to connect passengers with this important message through in-flight connectivity.”  

Aldijana Sisic, Chief of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships at Advisory Service at UN Women added: “Women and girls  are long standing and effective change-makers whose leadership, commitment to action and entrepreneurship are  critical to achieving sustainable socio-environmental results worldwide. We welcome action taken by Viasat and the participating airlines, Aeromexico, Azul, Delta Air Lines, Icelandair and Neos, to raise awareness about our message in unique ways to a broader audience of passengers in-flight.” 

To learn more about UN Women’s 2022 International Women’s Day campaign, please visit UN Women’s website. More about Viasat’s position on gender equality can be found in the Company’s inaugural Environmental, Social  and Governance (ESG) report, issued in October 2021, here

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About Viasat 

Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected.  For 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world  communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air  or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat’s Corporate Blog, or follow the Company  on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube. 

Forward-Looking Statements 

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the  Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include among  others, statements related to the relationship between Viasat, Aeromexico, Azul, Delta Airlines, Icelandair and  Neos; and the availability of content from the 2022 UN Women’s campaign. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that  could cause actual results to differ include: risks associated with the operation of the satellite(s) used to supply  these services, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance;  contractual problems; product defects; regulatory issues; technologies that do not perform according to  expectations; and other factors affecting the aviation sector generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors  contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form  10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to  update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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