US-based mobile connectivity provider iPass has extended its collaboration with IT company SITA to provide its iPass SmartConnect global Wi-Fi connectivity services to airlines and airports across the world through Marketplace.aero.
Marketplace.aero is SITA’s first cloud-based marketplace for air transport applications and services.
SITA Communication Business Line vice-president Sebastien Fabre said: “We are delighted to be able to offer global Wi-Fi connectivity to our growing Marketplace.aero customer base.
“We pride ourselves on the fact that customers can access a number of innovative third-party strategic partners and SITA services through our software as a service (SaaS) and service marketplace.
“This latest partnership will help address one of the biggest challenges facing small to medium-sized airlines and airports – keeping their employees connected in a cost-effective and secure manner.”
Through SITA’s online marketplace, more than 2,500 small and medium-sized airline and airport customers worldwide can now enquire about iPass SmartConnect through an online portal, as well as receive support to purchase.
Later this year, customers will be able to buy the iPass service through a secure, digital checkout platform.
iPass SmartConnect will allow air travel businesses to provide their employees with easy, secure and always-on access on any mobile device to the iPass Wi-Fi network.
It will enable employees to stay connected with any part of the world and access critical online business applications, such as email, flight, crew and weather apps.
They can also schedule emergency cover without incurring unexpected costs.
iPass chief commercial officer Patricia Hume said: “People working in the air travel industry require reliable and secure mobile connectivity, especially as they regularly move between regions and countries.”