Long-haul passengers aboard an A330 airliner operated by Garuda Indonesia will soon be able to use their mobile devices foremailings, text messages, phone calls, and Internet surfing. That’s because OnAir has been contracted to provide inflight mobile phone and Wi-Fi services to Garuda’s fleet later this year.

Garuda is the national carrier of Indonesia. It has tapped OnAir to deliver Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services across its 28-strong fleet of A330 airliners. The OnAir equipment will be retrofitted onto Garuda’s current A330 fleet starting November, and will be linefitted to the 21 new aircraft that the Indonesian carrier has recently ordered from Airbus.

With more than 80 regulatory approvals and 350 roaming agreements with mobile network operators, OnAir has the reach to serve any customer in the world, including the Asian, Middle Eastern, and European regions that Garuda flies its passengers to.

OnAir draws upon the global satellite constellations of satellite operator Inmarsat for consistent Internet connectivity. It currently uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband network for satellite Internet capacity. In addition, OnAir has also been selected as a Distribution Partner for Inmarsat’s future Ka-band satellite broadband network, Global Xpress.

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