In-flight Wi-Fi on Garuda flights thanks to Mahata Aero Teknologi
Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), an Indonesian wireless technology provider, has announced an agreement to provide Indonesian national airline Garuda with high-speed in-flight broadband.
MAT is the first Indonesian wireless solution service provider for airline passengers, and is one of the few companies providing wireless solutions for passenger airlines in the world. MAT provides all services in the system, with end-to-end solutions.
Under the agreement, Garuda Indonesia will equip its domestic and international aircraft fleets with Inmarsat’s next-generation GX Aviation Wi-Fi service, which will allow passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos and check social media during flights. GX Aviation is the world’s first and only global, high-speed in-flight connectivity service delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS).
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 launched in 2019.
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 among airlines in the Asia Pacific region. We are delighted to welcome the national airline Garuda Indonesia as a customer and look forward to working with them on the roll-out.”
Juliandra Nurtjahjo, President Director and CEO Citilink Indonesia, conveyed “Following the installation of GX Aviation in-flight Wi-Fi at Citilink Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia, our parent company, has expressed their intention to apply the same Wi-Fi technology on their A330 aircrafts through the same provider.”
Ben Griffin, Inmarsat Aviation Regional Vice President, said: “Inmarsat has been working very successfully with Mahata, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems on the roll-out of GX Aviation in-flight broadband with Citilink. The fact that Garuda Indonesia has also selected the service for its domestic and international fleet is further testament to this partnership and our market-leading service capabilities.”
Zang Thio, Lufthansa Technik’s Senior Director Corporate Sales for Southeast Asia and the India Subcontinent, said: “We are excited to strengthen our relationship with Mahata to include the support of the Garuda fleet. As we continue to explore further innovative ways of collaboration with Mahata, we aim to roll-out our connectivity solutions to additional airline customers in the future.”