Departing from the Spaceport in French Guiana, Arianespace deployed Eutelsat8 West B and Intelsat 34 into geostationary transfer orbit.

“Eutelsat 8 West B is the 30th satellite launched by Arianespace for Eutelsat,” said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël.

“We’ve been friends and partners with Eutelsat for over 30 years, and we intend to continue! We have three satellites to launch for Eutelsat during the next two years – including the first all-electric satellite ever to be launched by Ariane 5.”

“This is an evening of great joy…and we know the reputation of Arianespace’s reliability,” commented Michel Azibert, Eutelsat Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer. “Our satisfaction is a result of therepeated, consistent performance that comes from the mission’s various high-quality teams – which do highly precise work.”

“Intelsat 34 is the 55th satellite launched by Arianespace for Intelsat: our cooperation also started more than 30 years ago…with the launch of Intelsat 5 F7 in October 1983 on Ariane 1, and will continue at the same pace with four more satellites already in our order book,” Israël said.

Thierry Guillemin, Intelsat’s EVP and CTO, commented, “My thanks for another successful mission – it is no. 55, as Stéphane said – and it’s been a great collaboration. What we ask for is very simple: we want to be launched successfully, and on time. That’s what you do very well, and that’s why we are coming back.”