Indonesia’s Citilink to equip aircraft with Inmarsat GX

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MoU signing for Inmarsat installation with CitilinkIndonesian low-cost carrier Citilink is to equip its fleet with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band inflight connectivity service.

Citilink is a low-cost airline headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia, established in 2001 as a low-cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia. It was set up to operate shuttle services between Indonesian cities.

According to Wikipedia, Citilink operates 45 Airbus A320-200 and five Airbus A320neo aircraft with a further 30 on order.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems and PT Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), Indonesia’s first technology provider of wireless IFEC solutions to airlines to provide inflight passenger Wi-Fi services.

The MoU signing took place on Thursday 8 March 2018 between MAT (the contract owner / e-commerce solution provider), Inmarsat (satellite communications provider), Lufthansa Technik (hardware, engineering, installation design and certification), and Lufthansa Systems (software platform and integration).

President Director of PT Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT), M Fitriansyah, said that the option to deliver inflight passenger Wi-Fi services for Citilink is particularly interesting due to the airline’s strong technology focus.

“We believe Citilink is unlike traditional low-cost carriers that only pursue profit – it’s an airline with a technological vision. Citilink wants to provide its customers with special experiences as often as possible, giving them the freedom to choose how their time is spent in the air,” he said.

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“The demographic of Citilink’s passengers also matches the business model of MAT.”

Acting as a private investor and e-commerce platform initiator, MAT will design and provide an exclusive B2C (business to customer) commercial platform between e-commerce businesses and Citilink passengers.

“Through this, MAT provides the end-to-end networking solutions that enable commercial relationships,” said M Fitriansyah.

The hardware technology used for Citilink inflight passenger connectivity will be based on Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect onboard platform, integrated with Inmarsat’s global Ka-band GX Aviation solution. The antenna used is likely to be the fuselage-mounted JetWave model produced by Honeywell Aerospace.

The service will be based on a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach. The software technology used is a multi-enterprise platform (hybrid cloud connection) and mobile app front end.

“The technology we offer is the best to support the high-speed connections required in the air, especially for short-haul flights that need satellite networks with high throughput,” said M Fitriansyah.

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