Comair, Infinea join forces to launch aerotech company

The aerotech company will provide digital solutions that are set to revolutionise the airline industry.

JSE-listed airline group Comair and IT company Infinea have entered into a joint venture to launch a new South African aerotech company called Nacelle, both companies announced earlier this week.

The new aerotech company will provide digital solutions that are aimed at delivering a seamless passenger experience.

According to Amanda Mocellin (pictured), the CEO of Nacelle, a competitive market is forcing players to compete with ever more innovative and cost-effective ways of attracting and maintaining a customer base.

“The need for new and creative adjacent revenue streams are becoming a priority for many airlines, airports and property organisations,” said Amanda. 

“Passengers have changed, and they are demanding a seamless experience. Industry trends and customer demands usually end up on the plate of the in-house technology department, who are further constrained by decreasing budgets, more stringent regulatory and governance requirements and dwindling resources,” she added.
 
Erik Venter, the CEO of Comair, which operates low-fare airline brand, kulula.com and British Airways under a license agreement, said technology is increasingly playing a pivotal role in the airline industry.

“That’s why we’ve decided to spin off our IT budget and team into a separate entity that will provide a variety of IT related services, which will include the commercialisation of our intellectual property,” Erik said in a statement.

Fred Baumhardt, the CEO of Infinea, said Nacelle is forging partnerships with property and airside management providers, parking companies, and aviation technology specialists. 

This will be done with a view of “bringing into Africa leading inexpensive aviation platforms and solutions and supporting them locally, whilst empowering local engineers with global skillsets.”