Seamless Air Alliance adds Nokia, Air France KLM, Aeromexico, GOL as members

The Seamless Air Alliance has announced the completion of its structural setup, enabling new membership beyond the founding members and the addition of Nokia, Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes to the Alliance, the company said.

Members across a diverse group of industries will play a decisive role in enabling travelers to board any flight on any airline anywhere in the world and use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet, with no complicated login process and no paywall to scramble over.

This revolutionary development will be achieved through a series of working groups collaborating in tandem to develop an agreed set of standards on which to build an entirely new ecosystem. By empowering member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, the alliance will provide a seamless passenger experience. This passenger experience is the foundation atop which everything else is built. Airline passengers, seamlessly using their own devices, will be able to access the Internet in the air as they do on the ground, without giving it a second thought.

The Seamless Air Alliance was founded by Airbus, Airtel, Delta, OneWeb, and Sprint to usher in a new era of in-flight connectivity that will delight passengers and enable open innovation inside the cabin. Its mission is to develop standards for connectivity that will amaze customers, to enable airlines with better customer engagement opportunities and industry to develop the technologies needed to extend Mobile Operator relationships from gate-to-gate anywhere in the world, and to build standards that can be used by solution providers to deliver end to end services to passengers. The alliance — which invites all industry operators to join – will eliminate the immense costs and hurdles commonly associated with acquisition, installation, and operation of data access infrastructure by streamlining system integration and certification, providing open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing.