At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint and Bharti Airtel announced the formation of the Seamless Air Alliance. They say the alliance will “usher in a new era of innovation for airlines on all routes”.
The alliance – which aims to attract additional industry operators beyond the five initial members – aims to 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.
The best internet ever?
“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,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb. “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.”
The next revolution in aerospace
“Easy-to-use, high-speed connectivity is part of the next revolution in aerospace. We’re excited to create this seamless experience for our airline customers and their passengers. As we showed with our Skywise aviation data platform, Airbus is committed to innovation that creates value across the aviation industry.”
By Marc Fontaine, Airbus Digital Transformation Officer
“We know that Delta customers have an expectation that their internet connection just works – no matter where they are in their travel journey. Delta is constantly looking at innovative ways to improve the customer experience. We are excited to be collaborating with other visionary companies, and that our existing partner Gogo will be joining the alliance as Delta develops a system that not only benefits Delta customers, but the entire airline industry.”
Gil West, SEVP & COO, Delta Airlines
“With our 5G network rolling out next year we’re investing heavily to make sure our customers have the best mobile Internet experience possible. As an initial member of the Seamless Alliance, we’re looking forward to enabling customers to experience Sprint’s high-speed connectivity in the air, hassle-free.”
By Dow Draper, Chief Commercial Officer, Sprint
“We are delighted to be an initial member of this innovative technology platform to bring seamless connectivity to customers in the true sense. Over 370 million mobile customers across Airtel’s global network will be able to enjoy uninterrupted access to high speed data services even while they are in-flight. We look forward to collaborating with all partner members to ensure this platform goes live at the earliest.”
Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel