Singapore Airlines to be First Airline to use SITAs NG Communications Platform

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Thursday, 12 February 2009

Singapore Airlines is to be the first airline worldwide to use SITAs 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 airlines reputation for innovation and customer service.

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.

SITAs 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 constructor applications.

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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