Inflight wifi tipping point by 2022
Juniper Research believes that more than half the world’s commercial aviation fleet will be equipped with inflight wifi by 2022. How the world’s airlines monetize the service will be an interesting topic.
UK researcher house Juniper believes that more than half the world’s commercial aviation fleet will be equipped with inflight wifi by 2022.
It estimates that currently one-in-four planes allow passengers to log in at 30,000 feet.
Juniper adds that “monthly inflight entertainment revenues are forecast to rise by 30% on average per aircraft over the forecast period”
The headline figures above are taken from some paid-for research, while the press release doesn’t go into how, exactly, airlines can generate inflight entertainment revenues. In a BYOD world, the obvious revenue stream would be charging for access.
Downloading content is likely to be more popular on long-haul routes than short-haul, and this is one of the issues airlines and the inflight wifi system providers have to face – what happens to the bandwidth if everyone on a 12-hour flight wants to download a box-set at the same time?
Qantas plans to have inflight wifi rolled out across its entire domestic fleet – some 80 aircraft – by late-2018.
As the inflight wifi sector matures, it will be interesting to compare and contrast how the world’s airlines attempt to monetize the service.
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