APEXEXPO: SITAONAIR pushing ahead with e-Enablement

SITAONAIR's FlightTracker application in action.
SITAONAIR’s FlightTracker application in action.

SITAONAIR is pushing ahead with its e-Enablement programme for Singapore Airlines, giving the airline flight tracking, crew apps and much more.

The AIRCOM Server FlightTracker supplied to Singapore enables them to track aircraft movement by merging data from SITA’s airline dispatcher centre system and airline operations centre system (AIRCOM) server, with Future Air Navigation System (FANS) ground applications.

The system can combine ADS-B, ACARS and ANSP data to provide the tracking data and is currently running on more than 150 of the airline’s aircraft.

Katrina Korzenowski, SITAONAIR’s Regional Commercial VP, Asia-Pacific, said that it had worked in conjunction with the airline to co-create and bring this and other products to the market.

“We are also very active in the crew applications space,” she said. “For example, the SITAONAIR e-Aircraft app can help cabin crew identify when something is needed by passengers and drive ancillary revenue sales via social media.

Katrina Korzenowski, SITAONAIR’s Regional Commercial VP, Asia-Pacific.
Katrina Korzenowski, SITAONAIR’s Regional Commercial VP, Asia-Pacific.

“It can also help the pilot communicate with the cabin crew to improve flight safety and passenger comfort. Or connect passengers with on-ground support staff to get relevant flight information or change a booking.”

Garuda and Philippine Airlines are also benefitting from SITAONAIR’s solutions.

“What is important is that we can offer both cabin and cockpit applications, whereas some of our competitors have only focused on the passengers,” Korzenowski said. “Being able to offer capabilities in both fields makes us truly unique.”

Singapore Airlines has also chosen SITAONAIR for high-speed inflight connectivity on its long-range fleet using Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite network, which had its “soft launch” with Lufthansa yesterday [25th October 2016].

SITAONAIR is due to install GX on more than 60 the airline’s Boeing B777-300ER, Airbus A380-800s and Airbus A350-900 aircraft, with the service launching on the B777.

As well as being the Wi-Fi Internet and mobile phone service provider, SITAONAIR will also manage the certification process of the GX Aviation system for the B777-300ER fleet, and provide the airborne GX Aviation systems for both the Boeing and the A380-800 fleets.

Thales will provide the airborne connectivity system for the A350-900s with SITAONAIR providing the Wi-Fi Internet and Mobile phone service. Zodiac Inflight Innovations will provide the JetWave GX Aviation Satcom for the A380-800 and B777-300ER retrofit programmes.

“Overall, this year has been most active in this region in terms of bid activity,” Korzenowski said. “This should now lead to airlines making their supplier decisions in 2017.”

SITAONAIR equipment can now be found on more than 650 in-service aircraft.

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