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Seamless Air Alliance issues new Release

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Following its publication of the world’s first inflight connectivity (IFC) standard earlier this year, Seamless Air Alliance has completed Seamless Release 2.0.

This latest Release defines the information  provided by each network component, enabling suppliers to design and build OpenIFC products using the modular architecture and open interfaces from its first release. Developed by airline industry experts, OpenIFC is set to become the preferred choice for every airline going forward.

“Seamless Release 2.0 completes the blueprint needed for the industry to scale the deployment of future-proof, OpenIFC systems,” said Jack Mandala, CEO of Seamless Air Alliance. “This breakthrough will allow airlines to purchase best-of-breed components in a multi-vendor ecosystem, improving the efficiency of deploying, operating, and maintaining in-flight systems – which is especially important as recent events have highlighted the critical role of connectivity.”

Inflight - Astronics joins the Seamless Air Alliance

Seamless Air Alliance introduces “world’s first” in-flight connectivity standard

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Inflight - Astronics joins the Seamless Air Alliance

The Seamless Air Alliance has published the first standard for in-flight connectivity, providing easy access to internet in-flight. 

The Alliance collaborated with its member companies to create Seamless Release 1.0, a Modular Platform Architecture for in-flight connectivity. A modular structure based on open interfaces will allow the system to adopt new technologies but does not require customisation or the complete replacement of equipment in current aircraft.

The Seamless Release 1.0 enables technical flexibility for airlines and an accessible service for passengers, and seamless roaming with mobile network operators. This product is expected to allow airlines and “open the door” for mobile network operators to deliver a simpler experience for its customers. The implementation of the system hopes to save airlines time and money whilst minimising investments in technology upgrades. 

“Passenger demands for in-flight connectivity are still ahead of the performance of systems putting increasing pressure on airlines to find a way to meet these expectations and gain passenger loyalty,” said Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance CEO. “Seamless Release 1.0 changes the game by enabling airlines to take advantage of new capacity and innovation faster and more cost-effectively than ever before.”  

Mark Cheyney, IFEC Development Manager at Virgin Atlantic, stated: “Meeting increasing expectations for connectivity in the skies is fast becoming a driving factor in airline preference. Virgin Atlantic and the Seamless Air Alliance believe that standardisation will allow airlines to be more empowered and more in control of their connectivity service offerings, allowing them to meet their customers’ expectations.”