VRE’s New A320s to Have SITAOnAir Onboard

Ivory Coast’s national airline, Air Cote d’Ivoire (VRE), has signed up for SITAOnAir’s connectivity services. 
 
The new services to be offered on VRE’s new A320s include Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir. This will allow VRE’s passengers inflight internet access and mobile phone services. 
In June 2017, SITAOnAir’s teams will begin activating Internet OnAir and Mobile OnAir on five new VRE A320s equipped with Airbus’ Airline Network Architecture (ALNA) server platform. The services will make use of SwiftBroadband, an IP-based data service from Inmarsat that SITAOnAir, as distributor, will operate as service provider. The project is set for completion in 2019, following the delivery of the last of the five new A320s.
Stephan Egli, commercial regional VP for the Middle East and Africa, SITAOnAir, said: “We are very proud to be helping Air Cote d’Ivoire to deliver a brand-new fleet of A320s with the quality inflight connectivity services passengers increasingly demand.
“With the first five of Africa’s airlines to achieve inflight connectivity in the continent using SITAOnAir as their service provider of choice, VRE is part of an inflight connectivity revolution gaining momentum across Africa, as the airlines in the region look to offer the same quality of product for passengers as other regions like their Middle East neighbours.”
René Decurey, CEO of Air Côte d’Ivoire, said: “As the Ivory Coast’s national airline, we are very much at the frontline of passenger demand as it takes shape. Passengers are telling us they want access to internet connectivity from ground-to-air, to enable them to sustain their online lives, wherever they fly.”