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Routehappy report says 82 airlines now offer inflight connectivity

Passengers enjoying inflight connectivity with SITAONAIR on Singapore Airlines. Image: SITAONAIR .

Passengers enjoying inflight connectivity with SITAONAIR on Singapore Airlines. Image: SITAONAIR .

Routehappy has released its annual Routehappy 2018 Wi-Fi Report, providing a comprehensive worldwide overview of in-flight connectivity uptake among airlines.

It says that in 2017, major airlines from every corner of the globe began their long-awaited inflight Wi-Fi rollouts, while early adopters began system upgrades.

Highlights of the Routehappy Wi-Fi Report 2018 include:

  • 82 airlines worldwide now offer in-flight Wi-Fi
  • 12 additional airlines now offer in-flight Wi-Fi, representing a 17% increase from the 2017 report
  • Nearly half (43%) of all available seat miles (ASM) worldwide now offer at least a chance of Wi-Fi; up 10% from the 2017 report
  • U.S. airlines offer at least a chance of Wi-Fi on 86% of their ASMs, with 85% of ASMs fully rolled out
  • Non-U.S. airlines offer at least a chance of Wi-Fi on 32% of their ASMs, up by 14% from the 2017 report
  • The top three airlines that offer the most ASMs with Wi-Fi are Delta, American, and Emirates, respectively
  • Three carriers now offer Wi-Fi on 100% of their flights: Icelandair, Southwest, and Virgin Atlantic
  • 13 airlines globally offer Wi-Fi on 100% of long-haul flights: Air Europa, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, Eurowings, EVA Air, Iberia, Kuwait, Lufthansa, SAS, Scoot, United, and Virgin Atlantic
  • Best Wi-Fi is now available on 16% of ASMs worldwide, representing a 129% increase from the 2017 report
  • Basic Wi-Fi continues to lose ground, now representing just 27% of connected ASMs worldwide, a 16% decrease from the 2017 report
  • Better Wi-Fi remains the most common type of Wi-Fi, at 57% of ASMs worldwide. While Better Wi-Fi represents a majority of ASMs, it is now losing ground to Best Wi-Fi as airlines upgrade existing systems or start fresh with Best Wi-Fi.

It says that while passengers have come to expect Wi-Fi on large global airlines, many smaller airlines have now begun offering Wi-Fi as well.

Air Astana from Kazakhstan, Air Côte d’Ivoire from Ivory Coast, and Air Mauritius are just a few of the numerous smaller airlines that began offering Wi-Fi in 2017.

These airlines view Wi-Fi as a necessary amenity to better compete with larger airlines.

The report says the installation and operational cost of Wi-Fi systems has dropped to levels where just about any airline in the world can begin offering the service, something thought to be impossible for smaller airlines just a few years ago.

At the same time, many smaller airlines are beginning to renew their fleets, opting to take new aircraft with Wi-Fi directly from the factory.

In years past, only the slowest and most expensive Wi-Fi systems were available during aircraft assembly. Today, airlines can simply tick a box and have their new Airbus and Boeing aircraft delivered with state of the art Wi-Fi systems.

Robert Albert, CEO of Routehappy, said: “2017 was another progressive year for in-flight Wi-Fi, with a large increase in the number of airlines that provide Wi-Fi access, on top of the growing availability of nearly half the available seat miles worldwide.

“The 129% growth of Best Wi-Fi is extraordinary, it shows the commitment airlines are making to best in class systems and we expect to see this number increase even more in 2018.”

“Routehappy’s exhaustive analysis with Wi-Fi adoption approaching 50% of available seat miles worldwide demonstrates how far airlines and their connectivity providers have gone to serve passengers.”

 

 

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Routehappy report says 82 airlines now offer inflight connectivity was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Steve Nichols
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