first ever inflight internet for china

October 14, 2019

This week, Lufthansa Technik has further increased its market presence for connectivity modifications in Asia, the world’s most rapidly developing market for inflight internet solutions. As the most recent customer for these services, Lufthansa Technik welcomed Chinese service provider Air Esurfing Information Technology Co., Ltd., which it will help in providing aircraft with the first ever inflight connectivity solution for the Chinese market. Further contract partners include Honeywell (antenna hardware provider) and China Satcom (satellite provider). 

According to a new 5-year agreement, Lufthansa Technik will design and certify Ka-band-based connectivity retrofit packages for both the Airbus A320ceo and A320neo aircraft families as well as the Boeing 737NG and 737MAX. The company will also work with Air Esurfing Information Technology Co., Ltd. to provide the respective CAAC validated EASA Supplemental Type Certificate (VSTC) to support Chinese airlines. Moreover, Lufthansa Technik will take care of material supply and material handling services for the installation of the packages, that can be tailored to each of Air Esurfing’s airline customers and their specific requirements.  

“As an in-flight solution provider on connectivity, the Company’s strategic cooperation with Lufthansa Technik signals a new chapter in our history, as we take a big step forward empowering Chinese airlines with high-speed in-flight Internet services,” said Herman Guo, Chief Executive Officer of AirNet, Air Esurfing’s parent company. 

“The partnership with Air Esurfing is a significant step in Lufthansa Technik’s global focus to meet a promising market demand in China,” said Gerald Steinhoff, Vice President Corporate Sales Asia Pacific of Lufthansa Technik. “As a joint force, we shall exploit the full potentials of the Chinese market.”

“We put your aircraft online.”

“Many Asian countries have only recently passed legislation that paves the way for inflight connectivity solutions for its airlines, so the market is now gaining enormous momentum,” said Lukas Bucher, Head of Product Connectivity at Lufthansa Technik. “We are the leading provider of aircraft connectivity solutions in this emerging market, as we have the expertise to provide airlines with solutions for almost every desired combination. Whatever Airbus or Boeing model you operate, whether Ka-Band / Ku-Band / Air-to-Ground, or which satellite provider you would like to use; we put your aircraft and ultimately your whole fleet online.” 

Lufthansa Technik’s portfolio ranges from design engineering and certification of connectivity solutions to material supply and material handling services for the packages’ installations. Regarding the latter, the company is supporting installations within its own network or at other MROs contracted by its customers. If desired by an aircraft operator, Lufthansa Technik can even dispatch a dedicated crew of mechanics to execute the installation at an operator’s preferred location, eliminating the costly need to fly the plane to another facility. Moreover, Lufthansa Technik closely supports airlines with so-called connectivity transitions, for example changes from one satellite installation or provider to another.