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

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 [].

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

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. []

Seamless Air Alliance continues member growth, agrees framework

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. []

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

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. []

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

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. []

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

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. []

Seamless Air Alliance seeks to avoid silos as standards work begins

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’. []

Intelsat Joins Seamless Air Alliance

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. []

Seamless Air Alliance Adds Members

(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. […]

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

(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. []

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. []

Emirates VP Talks Cost and Flexibility in Connected Airplanes

(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. []

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

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. []

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

(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. []

Firms Pursue Upgraded Internet Access on Airplanes

(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. []

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

(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. []

Smartphones to be inescapable, even at 40,000 feet

(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. []

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

(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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