SITA and OnAir Joint Business Looks to Conjure Complete Connectivity

By Juliet Van Wagenen | January 13, 2015
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[Avionics Today 01-13-2015] Two companies whose businesses thrive on connectivity, SITA and OnAir, have formed the joint organization SITA OnAir to help airlines realize the full potential of the connected aircraft. The new joint organization, formed Jan. 1 of this year, plans to set the benchmark for nose-to-tail connected aircraft solutions, regardless of fleet size, route structure or aircraft type.

Modern aircraft generate so much data in flight that airlines have to look for ways to make the best operational use of the connected aircraft. SITA OnAir will focus on helping airlines to manage this data through: ground and inflight connectivity, cockpit data services and air traffic management solutions, aircraft communications and infrastructure solutions, as well as application development for both passengers and crew.

“The connected aircraft will transform both the passenger and crew experience while improving airlines’ operational efficiency,” said Francesco Violante, CEO of SITA. “It’s a win-win for passengers and airlines, connecting people throughout their whole journey, increasing revenue by encouraging more people to fly and reducing costs by improving turnaround times and on-time performance.”

Further details about SITA OnAir, including continued investments in people and growth, will be announced in the second quarter of 2015.

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