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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