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OnAir in-flight connectivity
Posted: 22-Sep-2004 [Source: OnAir]

[Sita, Airbus and Tenzing announce OnAir, a brand of new communication services offering voice and data in-flight connectivity.]

WEA, Seattle -- OnAir will be the brand name of the range of passenger communications services to be launched by the new company formed by SITA INC, Airbus and Tenzing. The intention to form the company was announced at Farnborough International Airshow in July. So far, OnAir is the only service that will offer both voice and data cabin connectivity services to both long- and short-haul fleets across the world.

From the outset, OnAir will offer in-seat telephony in-seat SMS and e-mail and instant messaging from passengers' laptops. In 2005, OnAir will include access to corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Internet browsing capabilities. These will be followed in 2006 by mobile telephony, which will enable passengers to use their own phones safely onboard to make and receive calls and text messages.

Airlines will be able to choose between a range of data and voice solutions that have been designed specifically for either long- or short-haul fleets and with passenger requirements in mind. These solutions will be flexible, modular and able to be fully integrated with existing cabin connectivity services, meaning that OnAir's systems and software will meet the cost efficiency needs of airlines worldwide. The new brand reflects this focus on the ease of in-flight communication, projecting to passengers an image of being connected in-flight using friendly, trend-setting technology.

Both SITA INC and Tenzing have vast aircraft connectivity experience. SITA INC is a leading provider of aircraft data and voice communications applications; and Tenzing, the first company to develop software solutions to deliver text and data to and from the aircraft, currently provides e-mail systems on more than 900 aircraft. Added to this, Airbus brings its onboard system design, integration and certification expertise along with its knowledge and experience as the world's leading aircraft manufacturer.

SITA's cabin connectivity customers will join Tenzing's customers to form the OnAir customer base. Over 60 airlines use SITA's current cabin connectivity services on 1,100 aircraft, including American Airlines, Air France, Asiana Airlines, KLM, Delta Airlines, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Alitalia and Malaysia Airlines.

Tenzintg's cabin connectivity services are currently available on airlines including Cathay Pacific Airways, Continental Airlines, Emirates, Northwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

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