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In-Flight Wi-Fi Is Consolidating. Here’s What You Can Expect

Five aviation and cellular companies are coming together to improve your in-flight experience, from Wi-Fi connections to entertainment options. Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint will form a joint venture known as the “Seamless Air Alliance” with the goal of boosting the customer experience.

Two aviation companies, two cellular telephone providers and a satellite-based internet company are coming together for one collective goal: introduce faster and cheaper internet on commercial aircraft. On Monday, February 26, 2018, Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint announced the formation of the Seamless Air Alliance: a joint venture focused on improving internet access while in the air.

The group was formed to improve the internet experience on multiple levels. For consumers, the group wants to pioneer ways to provide “high speed, low latency connectivity from ground, to air and back again,” while reducing fees for internet access. On the airline side, the group has the unified goal of “immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation, and operation of data access infrastructure” through common inter-connectivity protocols and improve integration options.

As part of their frequently asked questions, the group simplifies their goal to passenger experience, leaning on every member’s experiences. On their website, they write: “The goal is to create an improved passenger experience to enable the same level of connectivity they experience in their living room, now on board their flight, anywhere they fly.”

“Easy-to-use, high-speed connectivity is part of the next revolution in aerospace,” Marc Fontaine, digital transformation officer for Airbus, said in the press release. “We’re excited to create this seamless experience for our airline customers and their passengers.”

As part of their rollout, the group hopes to rely on OneWeb satellites and Sprint 5G technology to create a faster internet connection online. According to Delta, in-flight internet service provider Gogo will also join the multi-nation alliance to build a system that benefits “the entire airline industry.” The press release did not provide details on how they plan on achieving their goals, or which technology will factor into the programs.

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Verna Washington March 1, 2018

Thanks for the news

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kb9522 March 1, 2018

Typical... Clickbait Headline: Here's what to expect! End of "article": No details on the implementation