Air Côte d’Ivoire selects SITAONAIR for its A320neos

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Ivory Coast airline Air Côte d’Ivoire has firmed up its relationship with SITAONAIR for its incoming fleet of Airbus A320neo aircraft. The high-efficiency aircraft will be equipped with both the SITAONAIR Mobile ONAIR and ONAIR WiFi, delivered via the robust GX Aviation network from Inmarsat.

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Air Côte d’Ivoire has picked SITAONAIR for its new A320neo fleet. Photo: Airbus

The decision to offer both the Mobile ONAIR and the ONAIR WiFi should ensure passengers get the best of both worlds. The mobile connection will allow the sending and receiving of phone calls and texts, while the WiFi will ensure a fast, reliable data connection with good bandwidth for all users.

René Decurey, Chief Executive Officer, Air Côte d’Ivoire, commented on the partnership with SITAONAIR, saying,

“It’s true that passenger expectations are growing. There is also increasing pressure to provide tailored services that cover the breadth of our passengers’ needs and data consumption. As Air Côte d’Ivoire continues to concentrate on enhanced, new generation inflight connectivity services for true passenger satisfaction, SITAONAIR is the obvious, trusted partner to support our ambitions.”

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Air Côte d’Ivoire already has a partnership with SITAONAIR for its existing fleet. Photo: Air Côte d’Ivoire

New ambitions for the neos

The partnership with SITAONAIR is not a new one for Air Côte d’Ivoire, as the company previously provided connectivity solutions for its existing fleet. However, the previous iteration of the partnership saw SITAONAIR’s Internet ONAIR being delivered over SwiftBroadband.

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The decision to migrate to Inmarsat’s robust GX Aviation network is a marker of how well regarded this network is becoming in the aviation world. Inmarsat’s GX network is the only one built from the ground up for aviation, and has proven time and again that it is capable of delivering both right now and for the foreseeable future.

Stephan Egli, Commercial VP Middle-East, Africa & Europe for SITAONAIR commented on the decision to move to the GX network, saying,

 “Having previously deployed SITAONAIR’s Internet ONAIR solution over SwiftBroadband, the move to GX reflects Air Côte d’Ivoire’s dedication to delivering true passenger satisfaction that’s future-proofed. By offering mobile and Wi-Fi services onboard, SITAONAIR is able to provide an inflight connectivity service to passengers that delivers a unified, seamless and fast experience that costs less. SITAONAIR is proud to be Air Côte d’Ivoire’s long-term partner in this venture.”

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The current fleet of Air Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: Air Côte d’Ivoire

Air Côte d’Ivoire has three Airbus A320neo family aircraft on order. It had ordered three A320neos, but in January last year, it switched two of the aircraft for the smaller A319neo variant instead. It currently operates four A319-100s and two A320-200s, alongside a small fleet of four De Havilland Dash 8-400s.

The airline is expecting the first of its A320neo family aircraft to be delivered in September this year.

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