Could this be from WIFI, or 5G on Airbus?



An Emirates flight has been quarantined at JFK Airport in New York after 100 passengers reported feeling ill on board, with claims of coughing and high fevers


Plane carrying dozens of ‘seriously ill’ passengers lands at JFK airport

“Some passengers who were on the flight posted on social media that they were not ill and expressed frustration about how the situation was being handled.”

Is 5G on PLANES? Looks like that is where we are headed :

#MWC18: Airbus and OneWeb get onboard to put 5G on planes

OneWeb has forged a new alliance with Airbus to develop in-flight 5G services that will enable passengers to continue using their smartphones and other devices in the air, via satellite links.

“The Seamless Air Alliance will usher in a new era of innovation for airlines on all routes,” the companies said in a joint statement today.

“By empowering member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, the Seamless Air Alliance will allow them to continuously provide their customers – via satellite technology – with the same high speed, low-latency connectivity from ground to air and back again

Ground-to-air disruption

The Alliance plans to disrupt rival satellite services by allowing customers to roam in the air, while the billing is still handled by their own carriers. Rivals include the European Aviation Network, a project headed by Inmarsat that combines high-capacity satellite coverage with a complementary 4G LTE ground network across all EU states.

Hailing the launch, Greg Wyler, founder and executive chairman of OneWeb, said: “What if the best internet you ever experienced was in the air? Keeping this goal in mind, together we will enable an affordable and frictionless experience for passengers everywhere.

“With the launch of our first production satellites set for later this year, we’re one step closer to bridging the global digital divide on land and in the air.”

“Easy-to-use, high-speed connectivity is part of the next revolution in aerospace,” added Marc Fontaine, Airbus digital transformation officer.

“We’re excited to create this seamless experience for our airline customers and their passengers. As we showed with our Skywise aviation data platform, Airbus is committed to innovation that creates value across the aviation industry.”

More founding partners

US airline Delta has also signed up to the Alliance, alongside Kansas-based telecoms company Sprint. Airtel, the third largest mobile operator in the world, is another a founder member, as is in-flight entertainment specialist, Gogo. The Alliance says it now wants to attract more industry players.

Read more: SpaceX successfully blasts broadband into space

“We know that Delta customers have an expectation that their internet connection just works, no matter where they are in their travel journey” said Gil West, the airline’s COO.

“Delta is constantly looking at innovative ways to improve the customer experience. We are excited to be collaborating with other visionary companies, and that our existing partner Gogo will be joining the alliance as Delta develops a system that not only benefits Delta customers, but the entire airline industry.”

Gogo CEO Michael Small added:  “As the market-leader in inflight connectivity, Gogo is excited to join the Seamless Air Alliance. We look forward to working with the Alliance to develop future generations of inflight connectivity, which will provide airline passengers worldwide with simple, fast and reliable connectivity”

Dow Draper, chief commercial officer at Sprint, said: “With our 5G network rolling out next year, we’re investing heavily to make sure our customers have the best mobile internet experience possible. As an initial member of the Seamless Air Alliance, we’re looking forward to enabling customers to experience Sprint’s high-speed connectivity in the air, hassle-free.”

Bharti Airtel CEO (India and South Asia) Gopal Vitta added: “We are delighted to be an initial member of this innovative technology platform to bring seamless connectivity to customers in the true sense.

“Over 370 million mobile customers across Airtel’s global network will be able to enjoy uninterrupted access to high speed data services even while they are in-flight. We look forward to collaborating with all partner members to ensure this platform goes live at the earliest.”

Internet of Business says

This new alliance, Inmarsat’s rival project, and SpaceX’s successful test launch of two test satellites last week, reveal that internet connectivity and mobile communications have left their earthbound ambitions behind. The goal is global, high-speed connectivity. Combined with incoming 5G devices, chipsets, and services, the future is looking bright for connected business and content.

And there’s more good news. As the chorus of disapproval rises about poor connectivity in many areas – in rural parts of the US, for example, and even in some urban zones of the UK – radical alternatives are rapidly becoming available. Indeed, it’s ironic that many people may soon find better connectivity in the air than they do via their own expensive broadband services.

Let’s hope that the days of arrogant and obstructive companies such as BT hailing 10Mbps connections as “superfast” will soon be over.


Introducing The Seamless Air Alliance: 5G In-Flight Connectivity

Feb 26, 2018

MIAMI — Airbus, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb, Sprint, and Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) teamed up to create the Seamless Air Alliance to provide customers of different airlines with high speed, low latency 5G connectivity via satellite technology.

The Seamless Air Alliance will empower member mobile operators to extend their services into airline cabins, according to a release by the group.


Dow Draper, Sprint COO, said the project is rolling out next year as the company is “investing heavily” to make sure airline customers have the best mobile Internet experience on all possible routes.

“What if the best internet you ever experienced was in the air?, said Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb. “Keeping this goal in mind, together, we will enable an affordable and frictionless experience for passengers everywhere.”

“With the launch of our first production satellites set for later this year, we’re one step closer to bridging the global Digital Divide on land and in the air,” he added.

The Seamless Air Alliance will provide customers open specifications for interoperability, increasing accessibility for passengers, and enabling simple and integrated billing.

Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel said explained that “over 370 million mobile customers across Airtel’s global network will be able to enjoy uninterrupted access to high-speed data services even while they are in-flight.

Airtel is the third largest mobile operator in the world with operations in 16 countries across Asia and Africa.

Airbus pushes mission-critical standard solutions for 5G networks

4 APRIL, 2018

Elancourt, 4 April 2018 – Airbus will intensively contribute to the next steps in finding a global standard for mission-critical multimedia group communication. After the 3rd Generation Partnership Project’s (3GPP) completion of release 14 of secure multimedia group communication in December 2017, Airbus and its partners within 3GPP are now working on release 15 and 16 by the end of 2019. 3GPP is a global initiative that unites various standard development organisations and sets international telecommunications standards as well as system specifications.

One of the prime intentions is to improve real-time video group communication (MCVideo) and develop a thorough 5G solution. “It is all about verifying the current developments and test transparently the interfaces between our solutions and those of our partners in the 3GPP. We are expecting that the outcome evolves powerfully and will be confirmed in tests in June 2018 and in 2019,” says Eric Davalo, Head of Strategic Development for Secure Land Communications at Airbus.

One of the areas Airbus will closely look at during the plug test in June 2018 is how its application Tactilon Agnet will work with Mission-Critical Push to Talk  and Mission-Critical Data solutions (the safe transmission of messages, pictures and videos, but not in real-time). These solutions equally comply with the 3GPP releases 13 and 14 standard definitions. Both mission-critical functions refer to a functionality which allows immediate availability for group and one-to-one communication.

However, the definition of the Mission-Critical Video will still require further improvements with the release 15, before it can be intensively tested. Furthermore, the application’s hybrid use in Tetra and broadband networks will also be under scrutiny to find the best standard.

“Next June we will take part in an international plug test in Disaster City in Texas, United States, where we will check collaboratively the next level of standard developments with other companies,” says Eric Davalo. “Afterwards, we will be focusing on mission-critical video group communication and start considering the 5G networks which evolve naturally out of the existing 4G technology. Our ideas look really promising.”


Airbus, Delta, telecom companies form alliance for in-flight internet

(Reuters) – European planemaker Airbus SE and U.S.-based Delta Air Lines Inc have formed an alliance with U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp, satellite startup OneWeb backed by Japan’s SoftBank, and India’s Bharti Airtel Ltd to develop in-flight 5G services, the companies said.

September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The alliance, referred to as “Seamless Air Alliance, aims to let mobile operators provide services to airline customers through satellite technology, the companies said in a statement.

Sprint will be launching its 5G network next year, the company’s Chief Commercial Officer Dow Draper said on Monday.

Delta said Gogo, its existing partner and in-flight connectivity provider, will also join the alliance.