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Over 22,000 Planes Will Offer Wi-Fi by 2032

By 2032, Valour Consultancy predicts that over 22,000 aircraft will offer Wi-Fi connectivity, enhancing the in-flight experience. The latest edition of their comprehensive report, “The Future of In-Flight Connectivity – 2023,” highlights the rapid growth of this market.

Passengers using Wi-Fi on planes.

In late 2022, connected aircraft surpassed 10,000, marking a significant milestone. This demonstrates the increasing importance of in-flight connectivity (IFC) for passengers and airlines. As more aircraft become equipped with IFC, the demand for reliable and high-quality connectivity continues to rise.

Satellite Capacity is Expanding

The industry faces the challenge of keeping pace to meet this growing demand. Fortunately, satellite capacity for IFC is expanding, including constellations in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO). This has also created a competitive landscape with new players entering the market. It is an exciting and transformative time for IFC. Companies interested in this market need timely and comprehensive insights into current and future developments. This is especially true as new LEO constellations prepare to enter commercial service.

According to the report’s author, David Whelan, how vendors position themselves over the next couple of years will be vital to how the market grows in the long term. “You have a really interesting contrast between Starlink and its disruptive portal-less, direct-to-airline, pure connectivity approach, and fellow LEO satellite operator OneWeb, which has taken an indirect approach, choosing to work with longstanding service providers and partner with Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite operators. The aviation industry is typically cautious, so OneWeb’s approach seems a sensible way to enter the market. Starlink has huge hype and has had some impressive early wins.”

The GEO Market

Viasat’s acquisition of Inmarsat strengthens its position in the GEO market. It now holds about 70% of the global backlog for in-flight connectivity (IFC) orders. This acquisition provides airlines with a significant increase in available capacity. Additionally, the latest report from Valour Consultancy highlights the various ways airlines can deploy IFC to create a dynamic service. This includes leveraging brand partnerships, sponsorships from mobile network operators (MNOs), cost savings through operational efficiencies, and integration with frequent flyer programs. These strategies are crucial for expanding the IFC market beyond its current customer base of traditional airlines to also cater to low-cost carriers (LCCs) and other types of airlines.

About Valour Consultancy

Valour Consultancy is a reputable market intelligence and consultancy service provider. It conducted a comprehensive study called “The Future of In-Flight Connectivity – 2023.” The report is based on insights from over 40 industry companies and airlines. It offers in-depth analysis, technology trends, and a competitive landscape. It comprises 170 pages with over 110 tables and charts, providing market estimates and forecasts until 2032. Learn more about this study at Valour Consultancy’s website.

For a full table of contents and report scope, visit https://valourconsultancy.com/commercial-aviation/ifc/

The report can be combined with Valour Consultancy’s sister report, “The Market for IFEC and CMS Systems on VVIP and Business Aircraft – 2022,” and the quarterly IFC Tracker service. 

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