Austrian Airlines has been confirmed as the latest carrier to sign up to Inmarsat’s GX for Aviation in-flight connectivity service.
More than 30 of Austrian’s Airbus A320 family aircraft will be equipped with the service, which will support video streaming. The first installation and testing onboard Austrian Airlines aircraft is already underway.
As FTE reported, the GX for Aviation service went live last month under a “soft launch” phase on selected Lufthansa aircraft. The Austrian Airlines contract is part of a 10-year strategic agreement between Inmarsat and the Lufthansa Group.
Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “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.”