Singapore Airlines is to be the first airline
worldwide to use SITA’s next generation communications platform to
manage its increasing demand for more bandwidth system-wide.
The move will benefit Singapore Airlines
in over 200 sites in 35 countries as it is rolled out over the
coming months. The targeted increase in network capacity will lead
to improved application performance and content performance
enhancing the airline’s reputation for innovation and customer
Rene Azoulai, SITA Senior Vice President,
Communications Solutions, said, “We are moving into an age of digitally equipped
aircraft which are game changers for how IT infrastructure best
supports airline business processes. This innovative communication
platform which SITA has been working on with the support of a
significant group of airlines is moving the industry in the right
direction and will ensure that information can be distributed from
HQ to outstations worldwide with speed and reliability.”
SITA’s new network solution combines existing
features of IP VPN (Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network),
DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) access and the AirportHub platform
with value-added from Regional Internet Gateways.
This can assist in many different domains
including moving large amounts of data necessary for aircraft
engineering and maintenance management; airport operations; and
enterprise solutions tailored to the Air Transport Industry (ATI).
Specific uses include the delivery of inflight entertainment,
electronic flight bags, e-learning; digital signage or access to
Initially, Singapore Airlines will use the
network solution for e-learning and intranet applications.
“SITA has deployed the common network AirportHub
at 110 major airports around the world where it is used by 90
airlines, ground handlers and other customers. The concept is
being broadened now to provide more IT services on demand. This
network solution is AirportHub 3.0 in the making and will bring
flexibility and economies of scale. This is important in the
current economic climate,” Azoulai added.
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