Air Senegal has selected SITAONAIR for its high-speed in-flight connectivity (IFC) on its new-generation A330neo fleet, becoming the first airline on the African continent to activate GX Aviation passenger connectivity onboard in the process.

Under the deal, SITAONAIR will activate Mobile ONAIR and Internet ONAIR in-flight connectivity solutions, via Link ONAIR over Inmarsat’s GX Aviation network, on routes connecting West Africa with Europe.

David Lavorel, SITAONAIR CEO, said: “We are pleased to support and pioneer the in-flight connectivity landscape, in what is a growing innovation area in Africa.

SITAONAIR’s knowledge and expertise, both in establishing aircraft connectivity in burgeoning markets and in working alongside African telecommunications organisations and governments, makes us perfectly placed to enable all of Africa’s airlines to realise their connectivity ambitions. Our telecommunications experts have been at the heart of the significant work done with regulators and we look forward to advancing further for the benefit of the region.”

Philippe Bohn, CEO of Air Senegal added: “We at Air Senegal are extremely proud to say we are leading in-flight innovation in Africa’s aviation industry, and delivering, thanks to our carefully-considered partnership with SITAONAIR. With our new A330neo fleet, we can connect passengers from Europe with the heart of our country within six hours. These passengers have high standards, needs and expectations when it comes to in-flight connectivity and Air Senegal is ready to empower them, thanks to SITAONAIR’s support and solutions.”

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