October 12 2018  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Astronics joins connectivity standards group

By Rick Lundstrom

Astronics Corporation announced that it has joined the Seamless Air Alliance as an Adopter Member.

The Seamless Air Alliance is a consortium of companies developing and promoting aircraft connectivity standards “to facilitate a simple, delightful experience for passengers,” said today’s announcement from Astronics.

The goal of the organization is to create standards that ensure continuous connectivity from gate-to-gate anywhere in the world with the additional potential benefit of reducing the hurdles associated with the acquisition, installation and operation of inflight connectivity systems. The group was formed in February of this year and its website lists 21 members that include airlines and companies.

“With next-generation satellite technologies coming on board, it is important to look across network technologies to optimize the on-board connectivity architecture for providing the most appropriate system configurations for airlines’ business models,” explained Matt Harrah, President of Astronics AeroSat. “Astronics looks forward to collaborating with the other Seamless Air Alliance members to develop new connectivity standards that will improve the passenger experience.”

Astronics AeroSat provides aircraft IFC antenna and radome systems and Astronics CSC provides aircraft inflight entertainment hardware systems, as well as certification services.

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