October 21 2022  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Alliance on track to develop global connectivity standards

By Rick Lundstrom

The Seamless Air Alliance, which continues develop and implement global standards for inflight connectivity, announced this week details behind the working group that is putting into action the vision to deliver flexible connectivity systems to airlines.

With the participation of experts from across the industry, and led by co-chairs from Airbus and Boeing, the working group is establishing new interoperability requirements for line-fit systems. The scope of this work item includes inflight connectivity, Aircraft Interface Device (AID) capability, and operational/administrative data including Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), aircraft health monitoring and more.

The next Seamless Air Alliance Members Meeting is taking place October 24 in Long Beach during the APEX/IFSA Expo. Seamless Air Alliance specifications are contribution-driven by member companies. The Alliance welcomes additional industry leaders to join as members and gain access to the IFC Performance Toolkit and other Seamless Air Alliance standards.

“The goal is to simplify the aircraft installation with flexible satcom interfaces and also thanks to an industry standard approach to facilitate future Satcom upgrades,” said Arnaud Mestrallet, End-to-End Connectivity Architect, Airbus Commercial. “This will enable airlines to always deliver an up-to-date connectivity experience to their passengers.”

Bryan Wiltse, Cabin Systems and Feature Strategy, The Boeing Company added, “The program covers requirements for physical architecture and logical interfaces and ultimately delivers a more flexible system to the airline.”

Commenting on the Working Group, Jack Mandala, Seamless Air Alliance Chief Executive Officer said, “Achieving these goals required more than the resources of a single company. Together with experts from leading companies worldwide we are laying the groundwork for airlines to continue to deliver the latest and greatest inflight connectivity services to their passengers.”

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