‘Seamless’ alliance to simplify mobile data access on planes
Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) have announce the formation of the Seamless Air Alliance, which they say will “usher in a new era of innovation for airlines on all routes”.
In a statement, the partners said: “By empowering member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, the Seamless Air Alliance will allow them to continuously provide their customers – via satellite technology – with the same high speed, low latency connectivity from ground, to air and back again.
“It will also significantly reduce costs for everyone involved while creating a smooth, positive user-experience.
“The alliance – which aims to attract additional industry operators beyond the five initial members – will eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation, and operation of data access infrastructure by streamlining system integration and certification, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing.”
Greg Wyler, founder and executive chairman of OneWeb, said: “What if the best Internet you ever experienced was in the air? Keeping this goal in mind, together, we will enable an affordable and frictionless experience for passengers everywhere.
“With the launch of our first production satellites set for later this year, we’re one step closer to bridging the global Digital Divide on land and in the air.”
“Easy-to-use, high-speed connectivity is part of the next revolution in aerospace,” said Marc Fontaine, Airbus digital transformation officer
Delta’s chief operating officer Gil West added: “We know that Delta customers have an expectation that their Internet connection just works – no matter where they are in their travel journey.”