When NSR noted that IFC markets did not do so well in 2018, it was not comparing the ‘hype’ with its forecast, but rather its own forecast with respect to contracts signed, antenna production, installation rates and aircraft to be outfitted. All these factors did not pan out as expected and despite a rather gloomy.
At the recent Satellite 2019 and the AIX 2019 conferences, there were many discussions centered on enhancing the passenger experience and, in the process, monetizing what is still today relatively low returns on IFC investments by airlines.
The largest commercial airlines offer inflight connectivity on some portion of their aircraft. In fact, most of them have some form of connectivity in service or under contract across their fleet, if not on the majority of their aircraft.