Two out of five available seat miles offer in-flight Wi-Fi connections
Forty percent of available seat miles globally now offer Wi-Fi connectivity and more than 70 airlines worldwide now offer Wi-Fi provision, covering most regions around the globe, an increase of 11 at the same time 12 months ago.
If 2016 was the year in which the early adopting airlines completed their roll-outs of wifi, then 2017 will be when others starting catching up.
That’s perhaps the top-line finding from an annual State Of The Nation-type report from RouteHappy to illustrate the provision of wifi capability on carriers around the world.
But there are two ways of reading such reports – in this case, that 40% of available seat miles globally now offer wifi connectivity, or that three out of five (ASMs) are still not serving passengers with a way to connect to the outside world in-flight.
Given that many more airlines are now committing to either introducing wifi or consolidating their existing service into other routes, RouteHappy’s report could be seen as a positive sign (if you are a passenger that wants it) that on-board connectivity is growing each year.
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