Inmarsat/Lufthansa sign contract for inflight connectivity

Lufthansa's Carsten Spohr (left) announces it will be the first European Airline with Inmarsat's Ka-band GX connectivity.
In September, Lufthansa’s Carsten Spohr (left) announced it would be the first European Airline with Inmarsat’s Ka-band GX connectivity.

Inmarsat has signed a 10-year contract to provide high-speed inflight connectivity services for passengers onboard Lufthansa’s European continental fleet.

This news comes on the back of Inmarsat’s announcement in September that Lufthansa would be the first network airline in Europe to offer Inmarsat’s Ka-band GX broadband inflight connectivity service.

Lufthansa Systems said then that it will also partner with Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom on a new 4G LTE/satellite hybrid ATG European Aviation Network.

The contract, which follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced last month, formalises not only a 10-year strategic partnership between Lufthansa Group and Inmarsat, but also provides a contract framework to extend the service to the other airline brands in the Group.

Under the agreement, Inmarsat will equip more than 150 Lufthansa airlines aircraft with Global Xpress (GX), with additional Lufthansa Group aircraft being added in due course.

The first of these aircraft will be equipped and tested in early summer 2016. Lufthansa will additionally be trialling the European Aviation Network in 2017.

Leo Mondale, President, Inmarsat Aviation, said: “We are very pleased to conclude this strategic agreement with Lufthansa Group, which ensures that Lufthansa will be offering their continental fleet passengers the best in-flight connectivity in the airline industry today.

“As part of this agreement we will be working with Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Systems for the integration of our services onboard the aircraft, making the most of their state-of-the-art products, technology and know-how.”

Inmarsat’s next-generation connectivity services will offer in-flight broadband connectivity that will allows Lufthansa’s European passengers to browse the internet, watch videos, connect to their company’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) and download files all with a reliable connection that matches the quality and speed they expect when on the ground.

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