Apex 2013: Honeywell survey confirms increasing demand for in-flight connectivity

An Inmarsat I-5 satellite for its Ka-band GX Aviation service.
An Inmarsat I-5 satellite for its Ka-band GX Aviation service.

Honeywell Aerospace has released survey results that confirm an increasing demand for global, transoceanic, fast and consistent in-flight wireless connectivity.

The research was conducted among more than 3,000 adults in the United Kingdom, United States and Singapore who have used Wi-Fi within the past 12 months.

According to the Honeywell survey almost 90 per-cent of fliers would give up an amenity on their flight — preferred seats, extra legroom and more — to be guaranteed a faster and more consistent wireless connection.

Wireless access
More than three in four passengers surveyed think wireless access should always be available on aircraft. And when it comes to the current in-flight Wi-Fi experience, passengers want the type of consistency and speed experienced at home or in the office, especially on transoceanic or international flights.

The survey results also indicate that travellers use Wi-Fi for personal rather than professional reasons.

Honeywell and Inmarsat have partnered to deliver global high-speed in-flight connectivity to passengers by enabling airlines and airplane manufacturers to access Inmarsat’s GX Ka-band satellite constellation.

By early 2015, passengers can expect to shop, access email, connect with friends on social networking sites, and enjoy live streaming for entertainment and more, and will be able to do so with a consistent connection across oceans and regions.

Full Survey at Honeywell Aerospace: http://aerospace.honeywell.com

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