Next generation of in-flight connectivity ever closer as Air Alliance announces major progress

Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission toward enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity.

This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year.

The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a major leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground.

"The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges.

"From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use," said the Alliance's Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to 23 member companies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic.

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.

- Mr Mandala

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travellers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

-PA

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