Inmarsat gets first install by Malaysia’s ADE

17 December 2021

Global mobile satellite communications firm Inmarsat announced the first installation of its GX Aviation inflight broadband solution by Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly-owned AirAsia Group subsidiary and provider of engineering services in southeast Asia.

The installation, completed onboard an AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft supports ADE’s ambitions to become a GX Aviation installation partner for other airlines in the region.

The company will also establish a one-stop shop for airlines that want to operate a fully connected fleet, combining its vast expertise in end-to-end engineering and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) with Inmarsat’s connectivity solutions.

Chris Rogerson, Inmarsat Aviation’s vice president of global sales, said ADE parent company AirAsia Group is the largest customer for our GX Aviation inflight broadband solution in the Asia Pacific region and one of the largest in the world. “Our partnership has been a hugely successful one, based on a common passion about the exciting opportunities that digitalisation and connectivity provide to passengers and the aviation industry, especially as airlines recover from the pandemic,” he added. “We are delighted, therefore, to now collaborate on GX Aviation installations for AirAsia and other airlines in the region, bringing together the combined experience and expertise of Inmarsat, ADE and the rest of the AirAsia Group.”

ADE was established in September 2020, after AirAsia Group consolidated its engineering and MRO assets to provide a centralised support service, not only for its own aircraft fleet, but also for other commercial airlines in the region.

On December 21, 2021 Inmarsat will add to its satellite fleet for the region, launching I-6 F1 from Japan. The satellite is Inmarsat’s first dual payload satellite, with both Ka-band (Global Xpress) and L-band (ELERA) onboard.