The Seamless Air Alliance has completed 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.
The alliance said members across a group of industries will play a role in enabling travellers to board any flight on any airline across the world and use their own devices to automatically connect to the internet with no complicated login process or paywall.
A series of working groups will collaborate in tandem to develop an agreed set of standards on which to build a new ecosystem and that by empowering member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, the alliance will provide a seamless passenger experience.
“Welcoming additional industry leaders to the Alliance is key to enabling a new seamless, high-speed, low-latency broadband experience for passengers. Together, we are committed to lowering the barriers to access and raising the standard of quality for in-flight connectivity on all routes,” said Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance chief executive officer. “As Alliance membership continues to expand across industries, we are excited to lead the charge in making the paradigm shifting vision of seamless in-flight connectivity, a reality.”
The Seamless Air Alliance was founded by Airbus, Airtel, Delta, OneWeb and Sprint to accelerate the introduction of technologies on board aircraft to enable passengers to use their connected devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, watches, IoT devices) seamlessly.
The inaugural members’ meeting of the Seamless Air Alliance will take place on 18 June 2018, co-located with APEX TECH 2018, at the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles.