Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has been named the launch customer of a new high-speed inflight connectivity system launched at AIX.
The new system, called UON, was announced by the Saudi Arabia-based Taqnia Space Company.
CEO Abdullah Alosaimi, said the system meant “all airlines around the world will be able to offer their passengers high-throughput connectivity services that are currently provided in a limited scale by few airlines in North America”.
The company is part of the Saudi Arabian Development and Investment Company (SADIC) and worked in collaboration with French satellite operator Eutelsat, Japanese aerospace designer Jamco, US satellite technology company Idirect, content deliverers Axinom and SITAONAIR.
Saudia passengers on both long- and short-haul flights will see the system begin rolled out over the next three months. UON gives passengers access to the internet, telephone and live TV streaming using their own mobile devices with billing being handled via a simple, easy-to-use payment system.
SITAONAIR has been appointed as connected aircraft service consultant and technology supplier to Taqnia Space.
SITAONAIR says its appointment is guiding the development of Taqnia Space’s 3.5G inflight mobile service for passengers. Taqnia Space is harnessing SITAONAIR’s 10-year experience with its MobileONAIR product.
SITAONAIR will also integrate live TV as a specific UON portal feature.