Stay connected when you fly on these Indonesian airlines

Free WiFi onboard? This is music to our ears. Source: Shutterstock.

MORE and more travelers are relying on their digital devices for work and entertainment onboard, which is why it is important for airlines to tech their planes up and be properly equipped to cater to them.

Ideally, aside from in-flight entertainment, an aircraft should also provide power points and of course, onboard WiFi. Some budget-friendly carriers, such as JetBlue Airways, have even gone above and beyond to guarantee their customers reliable connectivity.

And now, two Indonesia airlines have joined the “tech-friendly airlines” league.

Passengers who fly on all Citilink flights and Garuda Indonesia’s domestic services will enjoy free internet access starting 2019.

Garuda Indonesia, the national airline of Indonesia and Citilink operator, announced the launch of the free in-flight connectivity in cooperation with in-flight wireless internet service provider PT Mahata Aero Technologi (Mahata).

“For that purpose, Garuda Indonesia Group will install the service of GX Aviation system, the products of the Inmarsat Aviation in its aircraft,” Antaranews reported.

GX Aviation is said to be the world’s first and only high speed global wireless connectivity service sent through the network of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS).

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With this system, which is fully owned and operated by Inmarsat in cooperation with Lufthansa Technik, Garuda and Citilink passengers would be able to browse the internet during the flights.

“This service is in line with the commitment of the Garuda Indonesia Group as a national airline to meet the need of passengers in the digital era,” Garuda Service Director Nicodemus Panarung Lampe said.

“(Free inflight WiFi) not only aims to strengthen the existing market but also activate a new market that hasn’t been touched, such as millennial travelers,” Garuda Indonesia Group representative Juliandra Nurtjahjo added in a statement.

This is not the first time that Garuda Indonesia is teching up to meet travelers’ demands.

In 2013, Garuda Indonesia provided Wi-Fi service on all its B777-300ER and some Airbus A330 aircraft serving international routes.