Connected aircraft - if it's inevitable, why is it taking so long? | SITA

 
Like this post?
get more like it as soon as they are published
Back to blog

Connected aircraft - if it's inevitable, why is it taking so long?

Published on  25 September by Gregory Ouillon , Vice President , SITA
0 comment(s)
 

Make no mistake: the future of 'connected aircraft everywhere' is inevitable. In-flight and on the ground, digitalization is a need for passengers and airlines alike. For passengers, who check their mobile phones on average 150 times per day, in-flight connectivity is a no-brainer. For airlines, who want to optimize operational processes and reduce maintenance costs, digitalization is also vital.

So, if everybody wants it, why is it taking so long to materialize? In a word: complexity.

Nose-to-tail, air-to-ground data exchange involves the cockpit, cabin, ground crew, pilots, maintenance and repair operations (MROs), passengers, air traffic control, and airline operational control centers -just to name a few. With so many stakeholders, it's a bit like herding cats to get everyone pulling in the same direction at the same time.

For SITA's part, with a mandate to offer neutrality in aircraft e-enablement, we'll be working with the air transport industry to reap the benefits of an automated aircraft ecosystem.

Hard choices

Airlines that want to put into place such a system need to make some critical decisions.

First of all, there's the need to achieve the right cost-benefit ratios to justify the business case.

Then you need to choose the right aircraft communications, applications and services so you can protect current investments. Airlines with mixed fleets, for example, need to consider that new generation aircraft designs restrict choices in the implementation of electronic flight bags (EFBs) and broadband communications -which prevents a common approach.

What are you doing?

Is your airline working on a strategy to enable aircraft connectivity? If so, what are some of the challenges you've faced? How have you overcome them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Our curiosity is more than academic: SITA has a mandate to offer neutrality in aircraft e-enablement, so we'll be working with the air transport industry to reap the benefits of an automated aircraft ecosystem.

Charting a course

How can an airline that wants to engage or accelerate their strategy chart the right course?

Learn some best practices in the Air Transport IT Review article, e-Aircraft reality.

Leave your Comment

You must be logged in to post comments

Comments

    There are currently no comments, be the first to post one!
Back to the top
  • sita tweet
    The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation has been shortlisted for an @IEMAnet Award for its work increasing acce… https://t.co/fbwWJc09KT

    4 hours ago from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    The SITA Air Transport Community Foundation has been shortlisted for the ‘Community or Social Value Award’ from… https://t.co/uJHvnAWZsU

    14 hours ago from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    Automated Border control for pre-cleared travellers can create a fast track experience, easing the workload for bor… https://t.co/pgmg1uAUl2

    yesterday from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    What if we could conduct robust risk assessments before passengers travel? Pre-cleared travellers could benefit fro… https://t.co/1OIsjl1lSt

    yesterday from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    This #blog post explores how an automated border system that creates pre-cleared travellers could speed up the proc… https://t.co/e2YzM2o4xH

    yesterday from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    #NEWS: NDC Exchange is a community platform created by ATPCO and SITA that enables API connectivity between airline… https://t.co/XlMxmUymQS

    yesterday from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    #NEWS: Through NDC Exchange, @SouthwestAir can help business travelers make bookings in an easy, hassle-free manner… https://t.co/6yFHl9h30t

    yesterday from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    RT @ai_connects_us: Southwest Airlines joins #NDCExchange, a platform for NDC that enables content interoperability… https://t.co/CvYSlKGSyZ

    2 days ago from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    #NEWS: @SouthwestAir has become the latest carrier to join SITA’s #NDC Exchange. Read the full story here.… https://t.co/VYOwOsVMqw

    2 days ago from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    Bag tracking at check-in and loading on to the aircraft improved mishandling rates by between 38% to 66%, depending… https://t.co/D7bng5gzBu

    2 days ago from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    New #blog post: SITA’s Peter Drummond analyzes the impact of baggage tracking on mishandling rates and explains whe… https://t.co/ZqLyVTFwK2

    3 days ago from SITAonline
  • sita tweet
    Do tracking points improve baggage delivery? In this new blog post, SITA’s baggage expert, Peter Drummond, explores… https://t.co/Lcff67Lf2j

    3 days ago from SITAonline
Connect with us