$130 billion market on the horizon as in-flight net heralds digital era in civil aviation
04/02/2019|10:40:56 AM|ChinaDaily

From online ticket bookings, electronic seat selection, self check-in and e-boarding pass, to self-service baggage checks, intelligent passageways, tech-enabled conveniences like biometric identification at airport security, and in-flight WiFi internet access, China offers them all.

Given Chinese people's need for 24/7 internet access, in-flight WiFihas become popular among flyers-92% of respondents in a survey of airline customers said they consider in-flight WiFinecessary, according to CAPSE, a third-party civil aviation data service provider in the country.

As if in response, many domestic airlines have begun to offer in-flight WiFiservices. Other airlines are about to install the latest WiFithat relies on Ku band, delivering superfast broadband.

About 300 aircraft of China's airlines, or less than 10% of their total fleet, are equipped with Wi-Fi, a contrast to about 70% in the United States and 50% in Europe, but indicating enormous growth potential.

All of its aircraft that connect China and North America, and 90% of its long-haul international flights, offer WiFinow.

Domestically, in-flight WiFiis available on 180 major routes of China Eastern, including most of its flights between Beijing and Shanghai.

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