Austrian Airlines (OS) is to install inflight broadband from Inmarsat.
Inmarsat announced that it will supply its new ‘GX for Aviation’ in-flight broadband solution to more than 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft from Austrian Airlines’ fleet.
Inmarsat says that GX for Aviation is the world’s first in-flight connectivity solution with reliable high-speed global coverage provided through a single operator.
The new system will allow passengers to browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more, with service levels on par with broadband connectivity available on the ground.
The first installation and testing onboard Austrian Airlines aircraft is underway.
The Austrian Airlines contract is part of a 10-year strategic agreement announced last year between Inmarsat and the Lufthansa Group, which included the selection of GX for Aviation for Lufthansa’s European fleet of over 150 aircraft.
The service recently went live under a ‘soft launch’ phase on selected aircraft with Lufthansa and commercial passenger services are expected to start with the airline soon.
Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation:
“We are delighted to welcome Austrian Airlines as our latest GX for Aviation customer. This announcement is particularly special for us, as it comes soon after we unveiled that the service is now live after five years of development.
“For too long, airline passengers have struggled with either substandard or non-existent connectivity onboard their flights.
“GX for Aviation marks an important turning point. Broadband services are now available in the sky, so you can browse the internet, stream videos, download files, check and update your social media, just as you have been doing on the ground.
“Our airline customers understand that service differentiators such as high-speed broadband on flights are key to meeting the expectations of today’s passengers and therefore strengthening their position in a highly competitive market.”
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