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Citilink has committed to a 10-year deal with Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), GMF AeroAsia (part of Garuda Indonesia Group), Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik to install Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband service. Installations will begin later this year on the Indonesian low-cost carrier’s fleet of 50 Airbus A320 aircraft.

The agreement will enable bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in-flight connectivity to the airline’s passengers, driven by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation constellation of high-throughput Ka-band satellites.

“We are working with leading companies in the in-flight connectivity market to ensure the onboard Wi-Fi offered to Citilink passengers is gold standard,” said Iwan Setiawan, managing director of PT Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT).

“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,” he added.

Citilink, which is also part of Garuda Indonesia Group, is moving quickly to deploy the GX Aviation service on its aircraft, having signed its fleet-wide contract with Inmarsat just two months ago, according to Ben Griffin, regional vice-president for Inmarsat Aviation.

“This shows the impressive agility and determination of Citilink to quickly meet passenger demand for next-generation in-flight broadband, together with its various project partners,” said Griffin.

Howard has been passionate about aviation since he was a little kid, and is a pilot who loves to fly gliders and just about anything else with wings. He's a frequent contributor to aviation magazines and blogs.