• 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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  • Seamless Air Alliance showcases technologies enabling the future of inflight connectivity at Paris Air Show 2019

    June 17, 2019

    Paris, France, 17 June 2019: The aggravations of inflight internet access will soon be a thing of the past as the next-generation of inflight connectivity is set to become a reality. The Seamless Air Alliance will demonstrate some of the key technologies that will be a part of the specification being developed by its membership of industry leading companies.

    Taking place on the first day of the Paris Air Show 2019 and with the support of its members GlobalReach Technology, Sprint and Boingo, the Seamless Air Alliance will demonstrate secure and seamless connection to high-performance inflight Wi-Fi using Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi services and discuss the opportunities that 5G presents to the airline industry…

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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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  • Next Generation of Inflight Connectivity Ever Closer as Seamless Air Alliance Announces Major Progress

    February 20, 2019

    Barcelona, Spain 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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  • Seamless Air Alliance Completes Structural Setup and Announces New Members on Mission to Transform In-Flight Connectivity

    June 4th, 2018

    The Alliance welcomes Nokia, Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL as members

    CALIFORNIA, June 4th, 2018 – The Seamless Air Alliance – which will usher in a new era of innovation for airlines – announces the completion of its structural setup, enabling new membership beyond the founding members and the addition of Nokia, Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes to the Alliance. Members across a diverse group of industries will play a decisive role in enabling travelers to board any flight on any airline anywhere in the world and use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet, with no complicated login process and no paywall to scramble over…

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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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