July 31 2018  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Citilink signs fleet-wide GX Aviation contract

By Rachel Debling

The Citilink, Inmarsat, MAT, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik teams prepare for the rollout of GX Aviation

Indonesian low-cost carrier Citlink will have their entire A320 fleet installed with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation inflight broadband solution, according to a July 31 press release. Installations are expected to begin later this year.

Inmarsat signed a contract with Indonesian wireless technology provider Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT) to deploy the project, along with Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik for a "Bring Your Own Device" offering across the airline's fleet.

Juliandra Nurtjahjo, President and CEO of Citilink, said in a statement: “As a modern, digitally-focused airline, it’s imperative that we offer our passengers a world-class inflight Wi-Fi service. We are confident that the combined strengths of Inmarsat, MAT, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik will ensure we deliver gold-standard broadband onboard all of our flights.”

“Together with our partners MAT, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik, we look forward to delivering an outstanding connectivity service to Citilink and its passengers," said Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation. "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. This partnership also represents a significant milestone for Inmarsat in one of our priority regional markets.”

Iwan Setiawan, Managing Director of PT Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), noted in the same press release: “The end-to-end inflight Wi-Fi solution we will provide with Inmarsat, Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik is truly cutting-edge and the perfect fit for an innovative low-cost airline such as Citilink. Together with our strategic partners, MAT has become the first Indonesian tech company that is transforming idle passengers on board flights into fully entertained, engaged and satisfied travelers for our airline customers.”

Jan-Peter Gaense, Head of Passenger Experience Products and Solutions at Lufthansa Systems, said: “Our partnership with MAT, Inmarsat and Lufthansa Technik 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 monetise the airline’s inflight Wi-Fi.”

“We feel very privileged signing the first agreement with an Indonesian provider," Nina Schulz, Head of Product Sales Aircraft Modification at Lufthansa Technik, noted. "With 15 years of experience in state-of-the-art connectivity, we are able to tailor the equipment of even the largest fleets to our customer's individual requirements in the shortest possible time. This contract is further proof of our successful cooperation with our partners Lufthansa Systems, Inmarsat and now MAT. Citilink Indonesia will truly benefit from our multiple expertise.”