October 3 2017  |  Partnerships, Collaborations & Acquisitions

Lufthansa Technik signs MoU for connectivity solutions in China

By Rick Lundstrom

Lufthansa Technik AG announced at this year's APEX Expo that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese company Air Esurfing (ARE) to provide connectivity services to airlines in the country.

Air Esurfing is a fully owned subsidiary of Air Media Group. The MoU, signed at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, calls for Lufthansa Technik and Air Esurfing to enter a long-term partnership with the goal of offering turnkey connectivity solutions for commercial airline fleets in China. Once the contract has been signed, Lufthansa Technik and Air Esurfing will install high-speed and state-of-the-art Ku-band/Ka-band antenna and on-board distribution systems in 200 A320 family and 737 aircraft.

"Together with Lufthansa Technik, we are about to transform the domestic in-flight connectivity market in China," said Grant Zhou, CEO of Air Esurfing in the announcement of the deal. "The partners intend to use China's Ka and Ku-band high-throughput satellite capacity for domestic in-flight connectivity services over mainland China.”

Under the product name Lconnect, Lufthansa Technik is able to manage the certification and installation in large fleets, while customizing process to customer's individual requirements within short time frame. The company has a connectivity center of excellence based in Hamburg supported by a worldwide facility network.


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