Garuda Indonesia to extend in-flight internet to Airbus fleets soon

Goutama Bachtiar

Currently, limited to Boeing, Indonesia’s national carrier – Garuda Indonesia – will extend inflight internet services to its Airbus fleet too soon

Garuda Indonesia,(GIA), which launched in-flight internet services in its Boeing B-777-300ER aircrafts, will extend the service to Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircrafts too, very soon. The service will be available, both on domestic and international routes.

A company corporate communication executive told DetikINET, an Indonesia based Bhasa website on technology, that while the devices and infrastructure has been fully installed, the flag carrier of the country has to complete the administration process.

Powered by Panasonic satellite system, the ‘In-flight Connectivity’ service will be avilable for free to first class passengers. However, executive and economy passengers will have to pay for the services, available in unlimited data 24-hour and one-hour packages, worth US$22 and US$12 respectively.

The service is available only above 10,000 feet for browsing, email, instant-messaging and social network perusal and will be switched off during taxiing, taking-off and landing.

With the 24-hour pass, a passenger is also entitled to enjoy TV channels: BBC, CNN, CNBC, Euronews and NHK.

Australian travellers will be able to experience the service when GIA begins flying on Sydney-Jakarta route, mid next year.

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