Research: Nearly 7,000 aircraft now have inflight connectivity


Craig Foster, Senior Consultant and Co-Founder of Valour Consultancy speaking about inflight connectivity.

Craig Foster, Senior Consultant and Co-Founder of Valour Consultancy

According to Craig Foster, Senior Consultant and Co-Founder of Valour Consultancy, a total of 6,758 aircraft now have inflight connectivity systems installed and activated.

Speaking at the 2017 Connected Aircraft eEnablement Conference, held at the Park Hotel, Heathrow, UK, last week, Foster said that at the end of Q2 2017 81 airlines now offered inflight connectivity.

That number has grown from 67 in the same period in 2016 and he said the last quarter was one of the busiest for new activations.

According to its research, about 31% of all aircraft are now connected, with 378 new installations in Q2 2017.

American Airlines has the world’s largest connected fleet with 1,249 aircraft, with North America representing 71% of the total installed base.

Emirates has the Middle East’s biggest connected fleet with 234 equipped aircraft.

Ku-band is the most dominant technology and represents 39.1% of the installed base. L-band accounts for 9.8%, Ka-band 9% and 41.9% is air-to-ground. Hybrid systems, like Inmarsat/Deutsche Telekom’s European Aviation Network, account for only 0.2% at present.

Line-fit Inflight Connectivity

At the end of Q2 2017 Foster said 798 aircraft were built with line-fit inflight connectivity and these installations are becoming increasingly important.

He said Gogo is still the market leader in terms of installed aircraft with a 46% market share, although others are catching up. For example, Panasonic Avionics (21% of total) has 1,700 connected aircraft with the largest share of the backlog (40%).

Looking further ahead Foster estimated that there may be 13,382 installed aircraft by 2021.

By 2026 two thirds of the world’s fleet will have been connected, represented by about 20,000 aircraft.

Europe is currently the second largest region in terms of installed base and will grow with the introduction of Inmarsat’s European Aviation Network (EAN) hybrid air-to-ground/satellite system.

Asia Pacific will have more than 5,800 equipped aircraft by 2026 and South America around 900 aircraft equipped.

As part of its aviation portfolio, and to supplement its in-depth annual deep dive into the in-flight connectivity market, Valour Consultancy delivers a quarterly tracker designed to keep those with an invested interest in the area updated on installation activity and key trends.

For more information see Valour Consultancy.

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Research: Nearly 7,000 aircraft now have inflight connectivity was last modified: September 18th, 2017 by Steve Nichols
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