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AirAsia firms up Inmarsat in-flight broadband deal

AirAsia Group has firmed up a deal with Inmarsat first agreed in April to provide broadband access on its Airbus A320s and A330s through the GX Aviation service.

Inmarsat says the deal, which was signed through AirAsia's Rokki subsidiary, will cover more than 120 of the group carrier's existing fleet. The agreement will also cover the future A320 and A330 deliveries, as well as the A350s that AirAsia X is set to receive.

Installation of the system and its launch are scheduled to take place in the first half of 2018. This is a slight delay from the previously announced target of installation in late-2017, and service availability of 2018.

"Coupled with our Rokki entertainment and e-commerce platform featuring free movies, music, articles and games as well as shopping, AirAsia guests will soon be able to enjoy one of the richest digital in-flight experiences in Asia, while also enhancing our knowledge of our guests with very rich data," says AirAsia's group chief executive Tony Fernandes.

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