• Seamless Air Alliance CEO Talks OpenIFC Release 2

    October 30 2020

    On this episode of the Connected Aircraft Podcast, Jack Mandala, CEO of Seamless Air Alliance, joins to discuss the organization’s latest in-flight connectivity standard, “OpenIFC” Release 2.

    Seamless Air Alliance was established in 2018 by Airbus, Airtel, Delta, Sprint and OneWeb as a coalition with the goal of driving down the price and increasing the availability of in-flight connectivity service, technology and upgrades. Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier this year, Seamless Air Alliance, a global community of airlines and technology leaders driving solutions to advance inflight connectivity, today announced the completion of Seamless Release 2.0.

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  • Seamless eyes airline showcase of cellular roaming over Wi-Fi

    November 2 2020

    A bevy of airlines, satellite operators and inflight connectivity stakeholders are progressing in their efforts to build a set of standards to ensure passengers can seamlessly access inflight Internet without logging in or providing credit card information, as enabled by their current mobile operators. Despite the COVID-19 crisis and associated shutdowns, the so-called Seamless Air Alliance has advanced in its work, telling Runway Girl Network it is gearing up to support a proof-of-concept for seamless roaming in early 2021.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Defines OpenIFC-Compliant Hardware

    October 20 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance is making good on its promise to standardize the in-flight connectivity (IFC) ecosystem. Following on from Seamless Release 1 (SR1), its first set of technical documents published in February this year, the group has now issued Seamless Release 2.0 (SR2) to its members.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance to Improve Onboard Roaming over Wi-Fi

    November 2 2020

    The Seamless Air Alliance will support a proof-of-concept for seamless roaming in early 2021. The inflight connectivity approach also looks to set new standards to ensure enhanced Internet services.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Publishes Release 2.0 OpenIFC Standard

    October 24 2020

    The Seamless Air Alliance has published Release 2.0, which the organization defines as “provided by each network component, enabling suppliers to design and build OpenIFC products using the modular architecture and open interfaces from its first release.”

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  • APEX Weekly Wrap: GX+ North America and Spirit's New Loyalty Program

    October 23 2020

    In this episode, hosts Maryann Simson and Seth Miller chat to special guest Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, about the company’s tie-up with Hughes to create a new in-flight connectivity solution, GX+ North America. Staying on the topic of in-flight Wi-Fi, the pair also discuss Seamless Air Alliance’s second set of guidelines for creating OpenIFC hardware.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance updates inflight connectivity standard

    October 21 2020

    Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier this year, Seamless Air Alliance, a global community of airlines and technology companies working to advance IFC, has announced the completion of an update, named Seamless Release 2.0.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance announces Release 2.0 of its OpenIFC architecture

    October 20 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance announced (20-Oct-2020) the completion of Seamless Release 2.0, which defines the information provided by each network component, enabling suppliers to design and build ‘OpenIFC’ products using the modular architecture and open interfaces from its first release.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance advances inflight connectivity innovation with new Release

    October 20 2020

    Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier in the year, Seamless Air Alliance, a global community of airlines and technology leaders driving solutions to advance inflight connectivity, today announced the completion of Seamless Release 2.0.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance advances inflight connectivity innovation with new Release

    October 20 2020

    Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier this year Seamless air alliance a global community of airlines and technology leaders driving solutions to advance inflight connectivity, today announced the completion of Seamless Release 2.0.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance issues new Release

    October 21 2020

    Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier this year, Seamless Air Alliance has completed Seamless Release 2.0.

    This latest Release defines the information provided by each network component, enabling suppliers to design and build OpenIFC products using the modular architecture and open interfaces from its first release. Developed by airline industry experts, OpenIFC is set to become the preferred choice for every airline going forward.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Advances Inflight Connectivity with New Release

    October 22 2020

    Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier this year, Seamless Air Alliance, a global community of airlines and technology leaders driving solutions to advance inflight connectivity, today announced the completion of Seamless Release 2.0.

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  • COVID-19 crisis expected to heighten passenger expectations for IFC

    August 10 2020

    With millions of people teleworking and using high-bandwidth applications to facilitate business amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it stands to reason that travelers will have a far greater expectation for accessing robust inflight connectivity links when the airline industry recovers from the crisis.

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  • Why Airlines Should Use AI To Unlock An Amazon In The Sky

    August 4 2020

    Airlines arguably generate more customer data than any other industry, and within this information lies enormous quantities of valuable intelligence that impacts operations, efficiency, and service. However, most still rely on the traditional in-flight retail model that was launched during the tourism boom of the 1980s. This means that the industry has been restricted in what they can do to capture and therefore, use their data in any meaningful way. Unfortunately, when planes land, what’s happened on that aircraft, stays on that aircraft, and is limited to the minds of its crew. Think of it as a ‘Vegas style’ of data capture.

    However, times are changing.

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  • In-flight Connectivity Market Responds to Increasing Bandwidth Demands

    July 2020

    Over the last few years, in-flight connectivity (IFC) has been deployed across a significant portion of the global aircraft fleet and has gained traction due to the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth. Exorbitant charges for in-flight Wi-Fi access has been one of the biggest dissatisfactions with long-haul flights and has attracted lot of passenger criticism in the past. An appropriate technology complemented by the right business model can thus, be the raison d’etre for stoking passenger loyalty and showcasing customer experience leadership.

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  • UK seeks to be LEO pioneer as it leads winning bid for OneWeb

    July 3 2020

    The British government has led a successful consortium bid to acquire bankrupt satellite operator OneWeb, saying the move signals the UK’s ambition “to be a pioneer in the research, development, manufacturing, and exploitation of novel satellite technologies through the ownership of a fleet of Low Earth Orbit satellites”.

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed the government will invest US$500 million to take a “significant equity share” in London-headquartered OneWeb, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York at the end of March.

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  • Airlines Face Tough Choices for Inflight Connectivity

    January 12 2020

    Decisions on which satellite-based inflight connectivity (IFC) technology and providers to use are becoming more complex for airlines. Not only do carriers still face the Ku-versus-Ka-band dilemma, their choice now is between installing a system based on geostationary (GEO) satellite technology available today, or taking a chance and waiting several years until new constellations of low- Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites are ready to provide airborne Wi-Fi services. (Continue reading on page 120)

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  • Connect from anywhere: In-flight Wi-Fi that works may be on the horizon

    Ferbuary 28 2020

    Air travel and glitch-free internet access are often considered mutually exclusive, thanks to the technical difficulties associated with making Wi-Fi work at 40,000 feet.

    For the airlines, a satisfying online experience is even more elusive. The hardware, software, maintenance and inability to easily switch service providers combine for a very expensive headache. (Continue reading on page 22)

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  • The IFC Landscape is Changing. Are You?

    July 2020

    Connectivity is quickly becoming the centre point for nearly every aspect of business and social life around the world. The retail sector is increasing their efforts to offer the best in-house Wi-Fi available, and public areas are extending their connectivity reach every day in an effort to encourage more foot traffic. Even remote areas such as broadcasting towers, power stations and reactors are embracing connectivity through IoT solutions.

    However, for the aviation industry, inflight connectivity (IFC) has never been a major priority.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance presses ahead despite OneWeb challenges

    May 7 2020

    The bankruptcy of Seamless Air Alliance founding member OneWeb changes nothing about the grouping’s core mission or plans going forward. Indeed, work continues apace to build standards that will ensure passengers can ultimately seamlessly access inflight Internet without logging in or providing credit card information, as enabled by their current mobile operators.

    “No impact from OneWeb, as you know we are 30+ members strong at this point,” said Jack Mandala, CEO of Seamless, which introduced its first inflight connectivity standard in February…

     

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  • IFC Outlook: Post-Pandemic, the Need for Connectivity Will be Greater Than Ever

    April 2 2020

    For those in the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) value chain, one of the first priorities related to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is how to deal with existing contracts that in almost all cases have been voided connected aircraft are grounded. Most, if not all, airlines are unlikely to be in a position to pay even the smallest portion of the contracted IFC fees without planes in the air and with very little room for negotiation. This will very quickly hit service providers, especially those that have ongoing fees to pay to capacity owners. Even if the spread of COVID-19 is brought under control in the coming weeks, it is difficult to envision air travel demand returning to normal in 2020. We’re not talking about a short-term fix, but instead looking at renewed terms between all parties, perhaps an alternative approach to the long-term business model, and the possibility of vendors collapsing under the financial burden.

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  • PODCAST: Connected Aircraft Cybersecurity 101 With the Satcom Guru

    March 16 2020

    On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft podcast, we spoke with Peter Lemme, an aviation industry consultant, blogger and former Boeing engineer who wears many hats including supporting the research and development of standards by the Seamless Air Alliance, which just published Release 1.0. Lemme provides a connected aircraft “Cybersecurity 101” style overview of what types of cyber risks and potential threats operators face as the deployment of in-flight connectivity and its use cases continue to advance and scale up across the globe.

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  • Seamless CEO on why new IFC standard is turning point for industry

    February 18 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance, the groundbreaking group founded in 2018 by Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint and which now boasts a ‘who’s who’ of members in the inflight connectivity industry, has published what it says is “the first-ever” standard for IFC. Release 1.0, which establishes a modular platform architecture for inflight connectivity, was agreed by Seamless members after two years of work involving monthly meetings at Airbus, Collins Aerospace and other member facilities, plus hardware testing at Sprint and elsewhere. ICF, a design company that specializes in design sprints, aided Seamless in helping to keep everyone organized and on track.

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  • Coming Soon: Airline Wi-Fi That Actually Works

    February 18 2020

    Air travel and glitch-free internet access are often considered mutually exclusive, thanks to the technical difficulties associated with making Wi-Fi work at 40,000 feet. For the airlines, a satisfying online experience is even more elusive. The hardware, software, maintenance and inability to easily switch service providers combine for a very expensive headache. But there may be some good news on the horizon—a new era of ground-quality internet connectivity that could save carriers billions of dollars. The Seamless Air Alliance, a nonprofit group of 30 companies, says its new tech architecture will make in-flight connectivity systems modular, with open interfaces and components that can easily be swapped out.

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  • Finally, an Effort to Make Inflight Wi-Fi Less Awful

    February 26 2020

    Inflight Wi-Fi is terrible. To be fair, the fact that we can connect to the Internet at all while we’re screaming across the sky at hundreds of kilometers an hour in a metal tube is pretty incredible. But still, the quality of that Internet connection often leaves something to be desired. Jack Mandala, the CEO of the industry group Seamless Air Alliance, credits the generally poor inflight Wi-Fi experience in part to the fact that there have never been industry-wide standards developed for the technology. “With regard to inflight connectivity, it’s largely just been proprietary equipment,” he says.

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  • New Standard Promises Airlines More Flexibility When Upgrading In-flight Connectivity

    March 5 2020

    A new in-flight connectivity (IFC) standard, Seamless Release 1.0, has been published by the Seamless Air Alliance to introduce the use of open interfaces such as Hotspot 2.0 and native cellular roaming for the functional components that allow airlines to give passengers access to the Internet.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Introduces Open In-Flight Connectivity Standards

    February 18 2020

    Can a standard component design give in-flight connectivity (IFC) the boost it needs to become a truly pervasive technology? The Seamless Air Alliance and its member companies believe so, having officially released the group’s first set of technical documents this week. Seamless Release 1 (SR1) aims to provide repeatable and measurable specifications for manufacturers, integrators and airlines to work with as they produce and install the next generation of IFC solutions.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance establishes inflight connectivity standard

    February 19 2020

    The first standard for inflight connectivity has just been developed by the Seamless Air Alliance – a cadre of international airlines, technology leaders and suppliers collaborating on connectivity innovation – with the aim of providing secure and hassle-free Internet in the aircraft cabin. The standard, named Seamless Release 1.0, is intended to enable long-term technical flexibility for airlines, provide a secure and easy-to-access service for passengers, and enable seamless roaming with mobile network operators.

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  • Airlines might have a solution for terrible in-flight Wi-Fi

    February 18 2020

    A collaboration between airlines and internet service providers has come together to improve in-flight Wi-Fi. They have created a modular system of hardware and software that can be rapidly upgraded as better, faster wireless options emerge.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance announces inflight connectivity’s first industry standard

    February 20 2020

    The Seamless Air Alliance has announced the very first standard for inflight connectivity. The standard will strive to set the bar for airlines and network operators to work towards in order to deliver a passenger experience that is seamlessly connected between the ground and the skies.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Aims To Improve Airline In-Flight WiFi Services

    February 21 2020

    The Seamless Air Alliance, a nonprofit group of 30 companies, is looking to improve airline in-flight WiFi services. The group is developing a new tech architecture by introducing a global standard, using protocols derived from cellular and WiFi industries.

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  • Glitchy Wi-fi in the sky could soon be a thing of the past, says tech alliance

    February 21 2020

    Air travel and glitch-free internet access are often considered mutually exclusive, thanks to the technical difficulties associated with making Wi-fi work in the sky. For the airlines, a satisfying online experience is even more elusive. The hardware, software, maintenance and inability to easily switch service providers combine for a very expensive headache. But there may be some good news on the horizon – a new era of ground quality internet connectivity that could save carriers billions of dollars. The Seamless Air Alliance, a non-profit group of 30 companies, says its new tech architecture will make in-flight connectivity systems modular, with open interfaces and components that can easily be swapped out.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance will radically simplify Internet access on airplanes

    February 21 2020

    Difficulties in providing Internet access during air travel arise due to both hardware and software, as well as service and the inability to easily switch between service providers. But on the horizon, a new era of terrestrial Internet connectivity can save billions of dollars for carriers. According to a 30-company Seamless Air Alliance nonprofit group, the new architecture will make in-flight communication systems modular with open interfaces and components that can be easily replaced.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Calling For Uniformity In Wi-Fi Access

    February 28 2020

    A new day may be coming regarding how air passengers access the Internet. The Seamless Air Alliance just published a new standard for inflight connectivity. This is something that has never been done before. Does that mean hassle-free Internet connectivity is coming to the skies? The first thing you may be wondering is exactly what the Seamless Air Alliance is all about.

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  • Airplane Wi-Fi could get a massive upgrade in the near future

    February 28 2020

    If planes were as reliable as in-flight Wi-Fi, we’d never get on a flight again. Fortunately, industry group Seamless Air Alliance is working to change that. The group operates under the mission of bringing “industries and technologies together to make the in-flight internet experience simple to access and delightful to use.” Its idea? To get rid of the toxic brew of current proprietary systems operated by each airline and instead establish a standard for in-flight Wi-Fi that can be flexibly swapped in and out to better allow airlines to respond as technology improves.

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  • New standard for in-flight internet aids airlines’ procurement

    February 19 2020

    A group of companies including Airbus and Delta Air Lines has published the first-ever standard for in-flight connectivity for airlines. The group, which calls itself the Seamless Air Alliance, has launched Seamless Release 1.0, which uses a modular structure based on open interfaces to enable rapid adoption of new technologies without requiring customisation or the complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft or fleet.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance unveils world’s first inflight connectivity standard

    February 18 2020

    A new milestone in providing secure and hassle-free Internet in the skies has been reached today as the Seamless Air Alliance published the first-ever standard for inflight connectivity.

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  • Panasonic, Nokia, Airbus, and Others Have Teamed up to Develop a Single Standard for Onboard Wi-Fi

    February 20 2020

    Air travel with high-speed internet access is still considered a fantasy due to the technical difficulties associated with Wi-Fi. Nowadays, this experience is often unpleasant for both passengers and airlines: providing Wi-Fi onboard is in almost 100% of cases a costly headache. But it could be changed soon if the nonprofit Seamless Air Alliance succeeds in creating a single in-flight communications standard.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Releases World’s First In-Flight Connectivity Standard

    February 24 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance, an open, international collaboration of airlines, technology leaders, and suppliers, has published the first-ever standard for in-flight connectivity. The standardization will enable secure and hassle-free Internet access in flights. Developed in collaboration with industry experts across Seamless Air Alliance’s member companies, Seamless Release 1.0 establishes the world’s only Modular Platform Architecture for in-flight connectivity.

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  • Imagine: Reliable In-Flight WI-Fi. It May Soon Be a Reality

    February 20 2020

    It’s no secret that in-flight internet is not the greatest. FlyerTalkers discuss it at length in the forums, and we have almost all boarded a flight with either no internet or such spotty service that it isn’t worth the cost we paid. But perk up, would-be web browsers—there’s a new era of in-air internet service on the way that could be more reliable and cheaper. The optimism is thanks to a nonprofit coalition of 30 airlines, plane manufacturers, satellite companies, and internet equipment manufacturers, called the Seamless Air Alliance. They’re dedicated to making the future of flying an internet-friendly zone. The goal is to create a global standard, a technology architecture of non-exclusive internet networks.

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  • Warren Buffett Bets Big on Airlines

    March 6 2020

    Ever on the hunt for a great bargain, billionaire investor Warren Buffett boosted his company’s stake in Delta Air Lines once again. Berkshire Hathaway acquired some 976,000 Delta shares last week for roughly $45.3 million, according to a filing on Monday, raising its total holdings to 17.9 million shares. This was enough to bring Buffett’s ownership of the U.S. long-haul carrier up to more than 11 percent. Once a critic of airline stocks, Buffett has become one of their greatest champions, noting the industry’s strong fundamentals and the fact that it’s protected by an economic moat.

     

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  • Seamless Air Alliance creates first standard for in-flight connectivity systems

    February 18 2020

    A number of major players in the in-flight connectivity market said they have developed a standard aimed at making it easier to adopt new services in aircraft. The Seamless Air Alliance, which includes Delta, Airbus and OneWeb among others, said the Seamless Release 1.0 establishes a modular platform architecture based on open interfaces, so new technologies can be adopted without customization or complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance publica el primer estándar para la conectividad en aviones

    February 18 2020

    Estaba previsto que se realizara en el marco del MWC 2020, pero tras su cancelación, la Seamless Air Alliance ha publicado el primer estándar para la conectividad a bordo de los aviones, un nuevo hito en la conectividad en los cielos.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Debuts In-Flight Connectivity Standard

    February 18 2020

    The Seamless Air Alliance has published what it is caling the first-ever standard for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). The standard – Seamless Release 1.0 – establishes a Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity. The Alliance said the system enables rapid adoption of new technologies without requiring customization or the complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft or fleet.

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  • First ever inflight connectivity standard published by Seamless Air Alliance

    February 18 2020

    Frequent flyers, your inflight connectivity experience is set to be even better soon. Earlier today, the Seamless Air Alliance published its first ever standard for In-Flight Connectivity (IFC). This standard, called Seamless Release 1.0, puts in place a Modular Platform Architecture. With this system, new technologies can be adapted swiftly without the need for customization or total replacement of aircraft equipment.

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  • New standard for in-flight internet aids airlines’ procurement

    February 19 2020

    Star Alliance says new standard will make the process of installing new internet connectivity on-board aircraft easier and more cost-effective.

    A group of companies including Airbus and Delta Air Lines has published the first-ever standard for in-flight connectivity for airlines. The group, which calls itself the Seamless Air Alliance, has launched Seamless Release 1.0, which uses a modular structure based on open interfaces to enable rapid adoption of new technologies without requiring customisation or the complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft or fleet.

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  • Seamless Release 1.0 standard for hassle free in-flight connectivity announced

    February 19 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance, a group having members like Virgin Atlantic, Vodafone, Airbus, Airtel and more have launched their Seamless Release 1.0, which is a standard aimed at providing in-flight internet connectivity to airplane passengers.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Introduces Inflight Connectivity Standards

    Seamless Air Alliance, which has Airbus, Virgin Atlantic, GOL, Delta, Collins Aerospace, Safran, ST Engineering and Aeromexico among its members, has introduced the world’s only Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity. The standard – Seamless Release 1.0 – enables long-term technical flexibility for airlines, provides a secure and easy-to-access service for passengers and opens the door to seamless roaming with mobile network operators.

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  • Connettività in volo: arriva lo standard della Seamless Air Alliance

    February 25 2020

    La Seamless Air Alliance è stata fondata da cinque società (Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb e Sprint), alle quali se ne potranno aggiungere presto altre, secondo quanto dichiarato dai fondatori.

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  • World first inflight connectivity standard - Seamless Air Alliance

    February 18 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance published the first-ever standard for inflight connectivity, thus achieving a new milestone in providing secure and hassle-free Internet in the skies. Seamless Release 1.0 establishes the world’s only Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity. By using a modular structure based on open interfaces, the system enables rapid adoption of new technologies without requiring customization or the complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft or fleet.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Unveils Novel Inflight Connectivity Suite

    February 19 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance has unveiled new and “secure” architecture for inflight internet connectivity. Seamless Release 1.0 establishes the world’s only Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity. By using a modular structure based on open interfaces, the system enables rapid adoption of new technologies without requiring customization or the complete replacement of equipment on the aircraft or fleet, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance launches inflight connectivity standard

    February 2020

    The Seamless Air Alliance (SAA) published an inflight connectivity standard on February 18, intended to improve internet access to passenger on airplanes. In a statement the SAA said that the standard has been developed in collaboration with industry experts across the groups member companies. Titled Seamless Release 1.0, the SAA said it establishes the world’s only modular platform architecture for inflight connectivity.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance publishes first standard for inflight connectivity

    February 19 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance has announced the first standard for inflight connectivity to published the first-ever standard for inflight connectivity to open up new opportunities for airlines and mobile network operators, delivering a seamless ground-to-sky experience for passengers, while minimizing airline investments in technology upgrades, the company said.

    Developed in collaboration with industry experts across Seamless Air Alliance´s member companies, Seamless Release 1.0 establishes the world´s only Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity.

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  • Coming Soon: Airline Wi-Fi That Actually Works – Technology in which Internet will not be closed even in air travel

    March 3 2020

    Internet access is often not possible without buffering and interruptions in air travel. But now it is also possible due to technology. Soon we will be able to enjoy the internet without interruption even at an altitude of 40 thousand feet above the ground. This will be possible by making changes to Wi-Fi technology. Now, airplane Wi-Fi at thousands of feet altitude will facilitate internet without interruption. In this era of competition, there is tremendous pressure on airlines to provide better exclusive services to their customers. But improving ‘quality of ground internet facility’ can save billions of dollars in maintenance expenses by reducing this pressure to a great extent.

    Indeed, the ‘Seamless Air Alliance’, a non-profit group of 30 airlines companies, claims that their new technology will make the inboard Internet connectivity system modular with open interfaces and systems that can be easily swapped.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance sets new inflight connectivity standard

    February 2020

    Seamless Air Alliance has reached a new milestone in providing secure and hassle-free internet inflight. Developed in collaboration with industry experts across Seamless Air Alliance’s member companies, Seamless Release 1.0 establishes the world’s only Modular Platform Architecture for inflight connectivity.

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  • ER&D services market updates: February 2020

    March 6 2020

    In regulatory news, Seamless Air Alliance announced the world’s first inflight connectivity standards as a step toward providing secure internet in the skies.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance announces world's first inflight connectivity standard

    February 18 2020

    Landmark release will open up new opportunities for airlines and mobile network operators, delivering a seamless ground-to-sky experience for passengers, while minimizing airline investments in technology upgrades.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance announces world’s first inflight connectivity standard

    February 18 2020

    Landmark release will open up new opportunities for airlines and mobile network operators, delivering a seamless ground-to-sky experience for passengers, while minimizing airline investments in technology upgrades.

    California, USA, 18 February 2020: A new milestone in providing secure and hassle-free Internet in the skies has been reached today as the Seamless Air Alliance published the first-ever standard for inflight connectivity.

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  • In-Vehicle and In-Flight Video Takes Off

    January 29, 2020

    In-flight connectivity (IFC) is set for takeoff. After decades of high equipping costs during which passengers were reluctant to pay high prices for unreliable performance, airlines are optimistic that a new wave of technologies, moves to standardization, and the consolidation of operators with connectivity providers have potential to launch untapped revenues.

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  • PODCAST: Seamless Air Alliance CEO Jack Mandala

    August 27, 2019

    On this episode of the Global Connected Aircraft Podcast, I spoke to Jack Mandala, CEO of the Seamless Air Alliance, about how their organization of more than 20 members, including Aeromexico, Airbus, Etihad Airways, Delta Air Lines, Sprint and more are developing open architecture standards for in-flight connectivity. The Alliance was launched in February 2018 with a goal of enabling airline passengers to use their connected devices in a seamless way on airplanes, without having to go through a complicated login process or paywall.

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  • SAA envisions new standards for 'seamless' inflight connectivity

    June 21, 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance (SAA), which aims to simplify inflight connectivity with a standard system that allows myriad components to automatically and interchangeably connect with each other, expects to have specifications for the system by the end of 2020…

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  • Editor's comment: Coming of age

    June 20, 2019

    The cohort that is Generation Z have known nothing but a lifetime of Wi-Fi, as this year marks the 20-year milestone of the technology. By the year-end, it’s predicted that cumulative device shipments will reaching 30 billion – more than 4 billion Wi-Fi devices will ship this year alone, expanding Wi-Fi’s installed base to over 13 billion. This year the Wi-Fi Alliance will introduce the latest generation of Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi 6 – which will begin to be integrated into more access points and consumer products, such as smart phones, to increase their speeds and performance and offer improved capabilities in congested environments including stadiums and aircraft. Such secure and seamless connections are at the heart of the Seamless Air Alliance’s recent demonstration of Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi services to support IFC…

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  • Seamless Air Alliance showcases Hotspot 2.0 for IFC

    June 17, 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance, with the support of its members GlobalReach Technology, Sprint and Boingo, has demonstrated secure and seamless connection to high-performance in-flight Wi-Fi using Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi services, during the opening day of the this year’s Paris Air Show…

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Touts Open Architecture Connectivity

    June 15, 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance (SAA), committed to the development of open architecture platforms for next-generation in-flight connectivity, is demonstrating key technologies that will underpin those systems this week at the Paris Air Show 2019. Formed in early 2018, SAA (Hall 6 Booth B49) now has more than 20 members, including Airbus, Collins Aerospace, Delta Air Lines, Inmarsat, and Safran…

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  • Featured in Print: Inflight connectivity - A must have service for the 21st Century

    May-June 2019

    Technologically-speaking, we’ve come a very long way in recent years. In the past two decades, we’ve gone from a place of dumb phones, slow dial-up Internet, coat-hanger TV aerials and remote controls that work less often than they do, to an era of Smart wireless devices, homes, vehicles and cities and always-on high-speed broadband, on land, at sea, or in the air…

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  • Cheaper, Faster, Better Inflight Connectivity: Coming To You

    May 01, 2019

    A little more than one year after launching with a promise to vastly improve the inflight connectivity (IFC) experience through industry-wide collaboration, the Seamless Air Alliance has signed up 23 members and is preparing for its first technology demonstration later in 2019. The alliance—jointly founded by Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint—believes that standardization of IFC equipment will reduce installation and maintenance costs and drive down the cost of bandwidth…

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  • Welcome to the new era of connected aircraft

    April 15, 2019

    Connectivity and the Internet of Things are already transforming our lives on the ground. Today, the connected aircraft is rapidly transforming flight operations, making aviation safer, more efficient and easier to manage. In an increasingly connected world, the inside of an aircraft cabin remains something of an exception. For most, using in-flight Wi-Fi is a frustrating process, made worse by slow download speeds, patchy coverage and costly paywalls. In-flight connectivity is thus far removed from the seamless Wi-Fi experience most of us enjoy on the ground…

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  • The Seamless Air Alliance is making good progress in establishing a common standard for connectivity, to make it as easy to use in the air as it is on the ground

    April 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance was created in June 2018 as a non-profit organisation, with the aim of enabling 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 or paywall. To achieve this, it is promoting open standards for integrating new technology; interchangeability; lowering the cost of installation; and influencing mobile standards that benefit these objectives…

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Reports Five-Fold Membership Increase in First Year

    February 27, 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance has had a busy year since launching 12 months ago. It now has five times as many members as it did upon launching. By the end of 2019, it aims to demonstrate a working concept of how passengers will be able to connect to in-flight Wi-Fi without login pages or paywalls. The Seamless Air Alliance announced five new members during this week’s World Mobile Congress in Barcelona: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran and SITAONAIR…

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  • Technology Makes Us Better Travellers: Dispatch from Mobile World Congress

    March 4, 2019

    There’s a theory to disconnect from mobile devices when travelling to allow a rest from work distractions, but there are ways to stay connected that make travelling easier and smarter. In fact, technology makes us better travellers. It can broaden our experiences, lighten the load, remove concerns and speed up the journey. This was on display at Mobile World Congress (MWC19) held February 25 – 28 in Barcelona, Spain…

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  • Seamless Air Alliance lab work begins with multiple players at Sprint

    March 3, 2019

    Multiple inflight connectivity vendors have contributed equipment to the Seamless Air Alliance’s new research laboratory located at facilities provided by alliance member Sprint, Seamless CEO Jack Mandala tells Runway Girl Network. In a bid to pull together a skunkworks-type of team, Mandala during a December members meeting requested resources and time specifically from members that are actively participating in the group’s specification work…

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  • How SITAONAIR and Panasonic are preparing for 5G inflight cellular

    February 27, 2019

    Mobile technology is advancing rapidly towards the next big leap, with 5G networks promising vastly increased capacity, lower latency and faster speeds which will open up new opportunities for the Internet of Things, both on the ground and ultimately in the air. Readying to define the future, mobile phone manufacturers are introducing 5G devices. But are the skies prepared for passengers carrying 5G smartphones?

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  • Seamless Air Alliance makes major progress towards launch

    February 22, 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance is gaining further momentum towards launch, with the news that it has secured five new members: Etihad Airways, Safran, Adaptive Channel, GlobalReach Technology and SITAONAIR. The alliance is a global collaboration intended to enable travelers 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 or paywall. In short, the goal is to make connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground…

     

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  • Seamless Air Alliance to make inflight connectivity simple

    February 22, 2019

    The Seamless Air Alliance created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint is planning to make the inflight Internet experience simple to access and delight to use. Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission toward enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity simple for commuters. These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground…

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  • Feb Press Release: SITAONAIR, Safran join Seamless as spec work progresses

    February 20, 2019

    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…

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  • Airbus in internal talks to bring OneWeb IFC to cabins and cockpits

    January 18, 2019

    Airbus is mulling offering OneWeb-supported inflight connectivity on its airliners, including in the cockpit, company CEO Tom Enders confirmed during a media briefing this week in Mobile, Alabama, where the airframer broke ground on its new A220 assembly line.

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  • Seamless Air Alliance continues member growth, agrees framework

    November 22, 2018

    Having only been gathering new members since June, the pieces of the puzzle that the Seamless Air Alliance needs to fulfill its goals are now on the board, and are enabling the nonprofit standards-based organization to show a rough idea what the end game looks like –  and how it plans to get there…

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  • Euroconsult Forecasts 3,300 Satellites Worth $284 Billion Over Next Decade

    November 2018

    According to the 21st edition of its report Satellites to be Built and Launched over the Next 10 Years, Euroconsult anticipates that 3,330 satellites with a mass over 50 kg will be launched on average each year by 2027 for government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide…

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  • VR could be a boon to aircraft interiors, if properly applied

    October 18, 2018

    It’s easy – and even healthy – to be a bit skeptical about cutting-edge technology applications in aviation. Virtual Reality (VR) is an area that still seems to teeter between curiosity and doubt, but those who know the technology well feel it has legs to last beyond the hype, especially for applications that could benefit in the design, manufacturing and marketing process of cabin interiors.

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  • ANALYSIS: Cabins set for tech overhaul, from toilets to trolleys

    October 1, 2018

    Commercial aircraft cabins – long the domain of clunky internet, occasionally clogged lavatories and manual tray-table checks by busy flight attendants – may soon get a digital makeover.

    That was the message from a leading aircraft manufacturer and many providers of in-flight entertainment this week at the Airline Passenger Experience Association’s annual expo, the event at which the industry rolls out its latest cabin concepts…

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  • Seamless Air Alliance seeks to avoid silos as standards work begins

    August 6, 2018

    Since coming on the scene in February of this year, the Seamless Air Alliance has enjoyed a remarkable trajectory. Its founding members – Airbus, Airtel, Delta, OneWeb and Sprint – have added Aeromexico, Air France-KLM, Cyient, GOL, Intelsat, Nokia and Panasonic as ‘adopter members’, and Inmarsat Aviation, Kymeta and Latecoere as ‘associate members’…

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  • Intelsat Joins Seamless Air Alliance

    July 18, 2018

    LUXEMBOURG, 18 July 2018 – Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite solutions, announced that it has joined the Seamless Air Alliance, a [consortium] dedicated to the development and promotion of standards to facilitate a better, more seamless, inflight connectivity experience for passengers…

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  • Seamless Air Alliance Adds Members

    July 5, 2018

    (Aviation Week & Space Technology) – Rockwell Collins and two unnamed satellite companies are the latest signatories to the Seamless Air Alliance, a group working to develop a set of standards aimed at making it smoother and easier for airline passengers to access the internet on their own devices…

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  • High Five: 5G Set to Turn Aircraft Into IoT-Flying Devices

    July 2, 2018

    (APEX) – APEX Insight: Every decade or so, a new generation of wireless network technology boosts speed and bandwidth to mobile devices.  But 5G isn’t just UX upgrade – it’s a quantum leap into the digital future.

    Imagine a world where in-flight entertainment means high-definition, immersive virtual reality (VR) content or feature-rich multiplayer 3-D gaming. Where cabins are equipped with wireless temperature sensors and crew use augmented reality (AR) headsets to address passengers personally. And at airports, everything is accelerated – from luggage tracking to biometric passenger verification.

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  • VIDEO: Seamless Air Alliance Talks Vision and Next Steps

    (APEX) – APEX Insight: The Seamless Air Alliance co-located its inaugural members’ meeting with the APEX Tech June 2018 conference in Los Angeles; it also sponsored the event.

    The Seamless Air Alliance was officially launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year to enhance in-flight connectivity by extending passengers’ ground-based mobile internet experience…

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  • Emirates VP Talks Cost and Flexibility in Connected Airplanes

    June 5, 2018

    (Avionics) – Emirates Airlines VP Patrick Brannelly’s opening keynote speech at the 2018 Global Connected Aircraft Summit provided a brutally honest assessment of the entire airplane connectivity ecosystem, from service and solutions providers to industry buzzwords to overly ambitious technologies airlines are poised to add to their aircraft.

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  • To Bring In-Flight Data Connectivity, Airtel Joins Global Consortium

    February 27, 2018

    (NDTV Profit) – India’s largest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has joined a new global collaboration to bring high-speed and uninterrupted in-flight data connectivity to mobile customers. The global partnership Seamless Alliance, whose other founding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint, will work towards leveraging satellite technology to offer high-speed data connectivity to mobile users even when they are up in the air, an Airtel statement said…

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  • Airbus, Delta, telecom companies form alliance for in-flight internet

    February 26, 2018

    (Reuters) – European planemaker Airbus SE and U.S.-based Delta Air Lines Inc have formed an alliance with U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp, satellite startup OneWeb backed by Japan’s SoftBank, and India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd to develop in-flight 5G services, the companies said…

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  • Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet

    February 26, 2018

    (The Register) – MWC18 Folk soon need not look up from their screens when boarding aircraft and wandering the aisles thanks to an alliance formed by OneWeb and Airbus to bring 5G roaming to the skies.

    OneWeb, which hopes to launch the first of some 900 satellites into low Earth orbit this year aboard a Russian Soyuz-ST from the Korou Cosmodrome in French Guiyana, plan to make the announcement during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona…

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  • High speed internet is coming to the skies: Sprint, Airbus and Delta want to improve terrible in-flight WiFi

    February 26, 2018

    (Daily Mail) – In-flight WiFi has become increasingly available on airplanes, but it’s also notoriously slow, expensive and spotty. Now, planemaker Airbus and Delta have partnered up with telecom giant Sprint, satellite startup OneWeb and India’s Bharti Airtel to develop WiFi on planes that can handle 5G connectivity speeds…

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  • Firms Pursue Upgraded Internet Access on Airplanes

    Feb. 25, 2018

    (Wall Street Journal) – Airbus SE, Delta Air Lines Inc., Sprint Corp. and two U.S. satellite-services providers have kicked off an initiative to enhance internet access on airliners, inviting other companies to join voluntary efforts to upgrade global standards for airborne connectivity. ….

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