Global Wi-Fi connectivity provider iPass has enhanced its partnership with aviation technology specialist SITA.
The extended deal will see iPass’s SmartConnect global connectivity services made available through SITA’s dedicated online air travel marketplace, Marketplace.aero.
Marketplace.aero’s 2,500 small and medium-sized airline and airport customers globally are now able to enquire about iPass SmartConnect through an online portal and receive support to purchase.
Later this year, customers will be able to purchase iPass SmartConnect through a secure, digital checkout platform.
The service will enable air travel businesses to offer their employees secure, always-on access on any mobile device to the iPass Wi-Fi network.
The service ensures that employees stay connected regardless of the country they are in, allowing them to access business applications, such as email, flight, crew and weather apps, and schedule emergency cover, without running up costs.
Sebastien Fabre, vice president, communication business line, at SITA 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 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.”
IPass chief commercial officer Patricia Hume added: “People working in the air travel industry require reliable and secure mobile connectivity, especially as they regularly move between regions and countries.
“This extended partnership with SITA promises to bring the power of the iPass global network to more users, enabling them to stay connected and productive wherever they are”