In a bid to standardize in-flight connectivity (IFC), Seamless Air Alliance has reportedly published ‘Seamless Release 2.0’ to its members. The new release offers specific definitions for every network component within an IFC ecosystem.
Together with guidance from the first release, suppliers now can design and develop OpenIFC products for the airline industry. Developed by airline sector leaders, OpenIFC is expected to become the viable choice for airlines worldwide over the ensuing years.
Speaking on which, Jack Mandala, CEO at Seamless Air Alliance said that this new release completes the blueprint required for the airline industry to scale the implementation of future-ready, OpenIFC systems. This breakthrough would allow airlines to procure best-in-class components in a multi-vendor ecosystem, enhancing the efficiency of operating, deploying, and maintaining inflight systems – which is particularly vital as recent events have demonstrated the critical role of connectivity.
For the record, the Seamless Air Alliance is innovating a new era of inflight airline connectivity bringing technologies and industries together to make connectivity simple to access and pleasant to use. The alliance has increased its membership considerably in recent months, welcoming renowned organizations, including IAG (International Airlines Group), American Airlines, Deutsche Telekom, SES, Thales Group, and Telesat.
The alliance’s early member Intelsat recently inked a definitive agreement to procure Gogo’s commercial aviation business. Gogo is one of the biggest global providers of inflight connectivity.
Mark Richman, Director of Aero Products at Intelsat said that the company has the opportunity to redefine the in-flight connectivity ecosystem and passenger experience. The company’s open architecture network offers a unique value with the resiliency and redundancy required to scale the finest internet services to every passenger, from gate to gate, he states.
Mr. Richman added that the company remains completely dedicated to the Seamless Air Alliance and its goal to develop top-notch standards for the commercial aero sector.