“NSR gathers that demand for in-flight Wi-Fi is at an all-time high as passengers return to flying. This trend pushes airlines to a tight position of making the critical decision of defining their in-flight connectivity strategy. One of the tough choices airlines have been battling is whether to offer free onboard Wi-Fi and how to.
A report from Norther Sky Research (NSR) suggests that while the Inflight Connectivity (IFC) market has inevitably been hard hit by the Covid pandemic and the severe cancellation of air traffic, both for business and holiday journeys, recovery is now taking place. NSR’s AERO9 report determines that free inflight connectivity is still feasible in the.
The Inflight Connectivity (IFC) business was hit hard by COVID19, on the back of drastic downtime in aviation traffic in 2020. As a result, the segment saw on average a 35% decline in annual retail revenues last year, according to NSR’s Aeronautical Satcom Market Report, 9th Edition. However, as aviation traffic continues to bounce back.
During the Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit virtual panel on 9 June 2021, executives from SpaceX, OneWeb, and Telesat forecast that most IFC capacity will come from Low-Earth Orbit systems over the next decade. SpaceX and Telesat executives expressed higher optimism that LEO will claim 90% or more of IFC services by 2030. This begs the question,.
The inflight connectivity (IFC) market has taken off over the past decade and is now witnessing the third wave of transition to next-generation networks, primarily driven by an upgrade to capacity from high throughput satellites (HTS) and extreme high throughput satellites (XTS). Just 3-4 years ago, market observers referred to HTS and XTS systems as.