26 September 2018: Indonesian wireless technology provider Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT) has announced a new partnership with GMF AeroAsia to install Inmarsat’s award-winning GX Aviation inflight broadband service onboard 50 Citilink Airbus A320 aircraft.
Following our signing of a fleet-wide contract with the Indonesian LCC in July, GMF AeroAsia, part of the Garuda Indonesia Group, will support the installation of GX Aviation working alongside Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik. Installations are expected to commence later this year.
The partnership will deliver a world-class Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) connectivity offering for passengers across the Citilink fleet, supporting the airline’s continued work to provide an innovative onboard experience and enhance loyalty among its growing customer base.
Citilink, which is also part of the Garuda Indonesia Group, was named Asia’s Best LCC at the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards 2018 and has a four-star rating by Skytrax.
Ben Griffin, Inmarsat Aviation Regional Vice President, said: “This is a fast-moving project, with Citilink only signing its fleet-wide contract for GX Aviation two months ago. We now welcome GMF AeroAsia to the project and look forward to commencing installation work in the coming months.
“This shows the impressive agility and determination of Citilink to quickly meet passenger demand for next-generation inflight broadband, together with its various project partners.”
GX Aviation is the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS). It allows passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights.
Iwan Setiawan, Managing Director of PT Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), said: “We are working with leading companies in the inflight connectivity market to ensure the onboard Wi-Fi offered to Citilink passengers is gold-standard.
“In addition to Inmarsat, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik, we are delighted to welcome GMF AeroAsia to this important project. Their rich knowledge, expertise and world-class facilities will ensure the installation process is efficient and smooth. I believe this collaboration will benefit each party involved in the long run.”
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