Inmarsat and Indonesian wireless technology provider Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT) have signed a contract to deploy Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband solution on Citilink aircraft. The technology will be installed on the low-cost Indonesian carrier’s fleet of 50 Airbus A320 aircraft by the airline and Lufthansa Technik (LHT).
In addition, Inmarsat is partnering with Lufthansa Systems and LHT to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) connectivity solution for Citilink passengers. The contract was finalized just a few months after the three companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MAT to meet Citilink’s requirements.
“Citilink’s adoption of GX Aviation, and signing of this contract mere months after the MoU, are testament to both the importance of inflight connectivity to passengers today and Citilink’s confidence in our solution,” says Philip Balaam, president, Inmarsat Aviation. “This partnership also represents a significant milestone for Inmarsat in one of our priority regional markets.”
Lufthansa Systems says the partnership will directly support Citilink’s long-term inflight Wi-Fi ambitions. “In particular, our digital BoardConnect platform’s open architecture and use of modern docker technology will enable a range of e-commerce services, serving as a perfect base to monetize the airline’s inflight Wi-Fi,” says Jan-Peter Gaense, head of passenger experience products and solutions at Lufthansa Systems.
A spokesperson for LHT says installation planning is ongoing and that more information about timeline and location will be made public at a later stage. She adds that based on past installation optimization efforts, LHT has generally been able to do this type of installation in 2-6 days.