Garuda Indonesia will equip its domestic and international aircraft fleets with Inmarsat’s next-generation GX Aviation Wi-Fi service.

The service agreement was made with Indonesian wireless technology provider, Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), and the partnership with Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems.

Lufthansa Technik will manage hardware, engineering, installation design and certification for the project, while Lufthansa Systems is responsible for software platform and integration, based on its BoardConnect´s open architecture.

The announcement with Garuda Indonesia, a Skytrax 5-Star Airline, marks an extension of MAT, Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems’ existing 10-year contract with low-cost carrier Citilink, also part of the Garuda Indonesia Group, to provide world-class in-flight broadband powered by GX Aviation. The service is scheduled to launch next year.

Iwan Setiawan, executive director of PT Mahata Aero Teknologi, said, “Our in-flight broadband offering with Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems is fast becoming the primary service amongst airlines in Asia Pacific. We are delighted to welcome the national airline Garuda Indonesia as a customer and look forward to working with them on the rollout. This further confirms the confidence in our partnership’s ability to bring state-of-the-art connectivity to passengers in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets.”

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