Air Senegal has selected SITAONAIR to deploy its best-in-class high-speed inflight connectivity (IFC) on its new-generation A330neo fleet – making Air Senegal the first airline to the African continent to activate GX Aviation passenger connectivity onboard.
Air Senegal's new inflight connectivity offers a crucial moment for economic growth. SITA Air Transport IT Insights figures show that it is important to have a better understanding of connectivity as a whole.
Senegal 2 million passengers on routes between Dakar and Paris, and drive innovation in the West African market. Air Senegal appointed SITAONAIR as the Inflight Connectivity service provider best-placed to support its goal by pioneering its connected passenger experience.
Under the deal, SITAONAIR is activating its market-leading Mobile ONAIR and Internet ONAIR inflight connectivity solutions – via Link ONAIR over Inmarsat's GX Aviation network – across Air Senegal's new A330neo. Following the launch of its first commercial flight in February 2019, Air Senegal's Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy offers, on routes connecting West Africa with Europe.
With SITAONAIR's Internet ONAIR solution over GX Aviation, Air Senegal passengers can access a personalized and seamless inflight connection, keeping them connected with their digital lives, business and loved ones as they fly. In another breakthrough deal for the African market, Mobile ONAIR will give passengers a seamless mobile connectivity experience, providing them with the opportunity to make calls and send texts from the air, just as they would on the ground.
David Lavorel, SITAONAIR CEO, says: "We are pleased to support and pioneer the inflight connectivity landscape, in what is a growing innovation area in Africa. SITAONAIR's knowledge and expertise, both in the definition of connectivity and the ability of African telecommunications organizations to govern their connectivity ambitions. Our telecom experts have been at the heart of the world, and we are looking forward to further advancing the benefits of the region. "
Philippe Bohn, CEO of Air Senegal says: "We at Air Senegal are extremely proud to say we are leading innovation in Africa's aviation industry, and delivering, thanks to our carefully-considered partnership with SITAONAIR. With our new A330neo fleet, we can connect passengers from Europe with the heart of our country within six hours. These passengers have high standards, needs and expectations when it comes to inflight connectivity and Air Senegal is ready to empower them, thanks to SITAONAIR's support and solutions. "
SITAONAIR is a trusted expert service provider, powering innovation with recognized expertise and future-proof solutions. With SITAONAIR, we deliver SITAONAIR, empowering 400+ airlines, 60+ ANSPs and 17,000+ aircraft to navigate the complexity of connectivity with our best-in-class solutions and services for passengers, cockpit cabin crew, flight operations, big data aircraft and air traffic management. We believe that embracing a digital shift will reinvent the operation of aircraft, flight and on-board experience – making it safer, more efficient and enjoyable.
SITAONAIR is a subsidiary of the SITA Group, the communications and IT solution provider at airports and on aircraft.