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    In-Flight Connectivity Market Analysis | 2023-2028

    In-Flight Connectivity Market Analysis | 2023-2028
    Report code - SR2181 Published On : May,2023 No. of Pages: 110
    In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, an See more...

    “The In-Flight Connectivity Market is likely to rebound at a promising CAGR of 13.7%, in the long run, to reach US$ 3.2 Billion in 2028”.

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    Market Dynamics


    In-flight connectivity is an underlying technology that offers connectivity through the air to ground or through L-, Ku- or Ka-band satellites, to the airlines by sending and receiving signals via antennas and supportive equipment which enable the passenger to use the internet, call, or send e-mails during a flight hour.

    Market Drivers

    More than 120 commercial airlines provide IFC to passengers worldwide to improve the passenger travel experience. In 2022, the total number of commercial aircraft connected to IFC services recorded a milestone after reaching more than 10,000 commercial aircraft.

    Furthermore, an expected ramp-up in the production rates of several renowned aircraft programs, such as A320, A350XWB, and B737Max; upcoming new aircraft programs such as C919; and the gradual recovery of the MRO market are likely to boost the demand for IFC in the coming years.

    COVID-19 Impact

    The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an enormous decline in the aviation industry across regions, due to a sudden fall in retrofitting of aircraft, and an unexpected rise in the retirement rate. The grave impact of the pandemic was registered across the supply chain including the IFC service providers.

    In-flight connectivity, a sizeable market, could not escape from such trends and witnessed a colossal decline (-32%+ in 2020) amid the pandemic, relatively lower than that of the decline in the overall aircraft industry. The market has again suffered a decline in 2021 amid gloomy market conditions with the cancellation or postponement of several refurbishment orders by airlines across the world due to the economic crisis coupled with the temporary suspension of B787 aircraft deliveries. The market is expected to regain its pre-pandemic level by 2023. 

    Recent Market JVs and Acquisitions

    • In 2021, Viasat acquired Inmarsat to strengthen its position in the market.
    • In 2020, Intelsat acquired Gogo’s commercial aviation segment, to become the world’s leading provider of commercial in-flight broadband and entertainment services.

    Segments Analysis


    List of Sub-Segments

    Dominant and Fastest-Growing Segments

    Aircraft Type

    Narrow-Body Aircraft, Wide-Body Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, and Business Jets.

    Narrow-body aircraft remain the biggest demand generator of IFC in the foreseeable future.

    Connectivity Type

    ATG, L-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, and Hybrid Band.

    Ku-band is the dominant connectivity type, whereas Ka-band is witnessing the highest growth in the market.

    Hardware Type

    Antenna Systems, Modem, Servers, and Wireless Access Points (WAPs).

    Antenna systems are the dominant hardware type whereas, the modem is to register the fastest growth in the market over the next five years.

    Network Type

    Cellular, Wi-Fi, and Hybrid Networks.

    Wi-Fi will remain dominant as well as the fastest-growing network type in the market till 2028.

    Regional Analysis

    North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW.

    North America holds irrefutable dominance whereas Asia-Pacific is likely to register exceptional growth in the market during the forecast period.


    By Aircraft Type

    “The narrow-body aircraft is expected to remain the largest aircraft type segment in the market during the forecast period”.

    The in-flight connectivity market is segmented into narrow-body aircraft, wide-body aircraft, regional aircraft, and business jets. With the highest share, narrow-body aircraft is expected to remain the largest aircraft type segment in the market during the forecast period, owing to an expected recovery in RPKs; the projected increase in production rates of key aircraft programs, such as A320, B737, and A220; and the growing demand for improved in-flight passenger cabin experience.

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    By Connectivity Type

    “ATG connectivity is expected to remain the preferred choice for business jets, whereas Ku-band for commercial aircraft during the forecast period”.

    The market is segmented into ATG, L-band, Ku-band, Ka-band, and hybrid band. Throughout the forecast period, ATG connectivity is anticipated to remain the favored option for business jets, while Ku-band is expected to continue being preferred for commercial aircraft. ATG is frequently used by business jet travelers which provides ground-level connectivity from cellular towers for short-haul business travel. In contrast, satellite connectivity enables the aircraft to remain connected overseas. Ku-band is the extensively used band in satellite connectivity with frequency ranges from 11-14 GHz, which ensures the low latency and capacity required to meet the bandwidth demands of in-flight passengers.

    By Hardware Type

    “Antenna systems are expected to remain the dominant hardware type in the IFC market during the forecast period”.

    The market is segmented into antenna systems, modems, servers, and wireless access points (WAPs). During the forecast period, antenna systems will remain the primary hardware type in the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market. It plays a crucial role in maintaining connectivity at 35,000 feet and transferring signals from ground level to aircraft via ATG or satellite communication.

    By Network Type

    “Wi-Fi network type is expected to contribute the highest share in the market during the forecast period”.

    The market is segmented into cellular, Wi-Fi, and hybrid network. During the forecast period, the Wi-Fi network type is projected to make the most significant contribution to the market share. In-flight Wi-Fi is necessary for airlines to provide the best passenger experience for calling, watching online videos, accessing office e-mails, and surfing social media and commercial sites.

    Regional Analysis

    “North America is poised to remain the top market for in-flight connectivity, with Asia-Pacific expected to see the fastest growth in the next five years”.

    The market is broken down geographically into areas, namely North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World (RoW). In terms of regions, North America is expected to remain the largest market for in-flight connectivity during the forecast period. North America has been an active region for a long time in terms of in-flight connectivity with more than 80% IFC deployed in all aircraft flying out in the region. Also, the region has the six largest connected fleets globally which are connected by the world’s largest connectivity providers such as Viasat, Gogo, and Intelsat from both ATG and Satcom.

    Asia-Pacific is likely to grow at the fastest pace over the next five years, driven by an expected rebound in aircraft deliveries, increasing passenger air travel and RPKs in emerging economies such as India and China; introduction of new aircraft programs such as C919. With a total of 842 connected aircraft in the Chinese fleet, the country is ready to set a new height in terms of IFC. In 2021, Viasat announced to offer of its Ka-band service to China Satcom’s ChinaSat-16 satellite to fulfill the requirements for domestic and international airlines entering Chinese airspace.

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    Key Players

    The IFC market is consolidated with the presence of several big players around the globe. Most of the major players have pre-defined contracts with top airline providers and with a few OEMs. The connectivity service is majorly driven by retrofit demand with numerous airlines refurbishing their fleets with IFC connections to enhance the passenger cabin experience. Most of the major players are providing connectivity either through ATG or satellite or both.

    The following are the key players in the in-flight connectivity market (arranged alphabetically)

    • Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.
    • Gogo Inc.
    • Inmarsat Global Ltd.
    • Intelsat S.A.
    • Panasonic Corporation
    • Viasat Inc.

    Note: The above list does not necessarily include all the top players in the market.

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    Report Features

    This report provides market intelligence in the most comprehensive way. The report structure has been kept such that it offers maximum business value. It provides critical insights into the market dynamics and will enable strategic decision-making for the existing market players as well as those willing to enter the market.

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    in-depth Analysis of the In-Flight Connectivity Market

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    The market forecast and trend data and emerging trends

    Which regions offer the best sales opportunities?

    Global, regional, and country-level historical data and forecasts

    Which are the most attractive market segments?

    Market segment analysis and Forecast

    Which are the top players and their market positioning?

    Competitive landscape analysis, Market share analysis

    How complex is the business environment?

    Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, Life cycle analysis

    What are the factors affecting the market?

    Drivers & challenges

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    Research Methodology

    This strategic assessment report, from Stratview Research, provides a comprehensive analysis that reflects today’s in-flight connectivity market realities and future market possibilities for the forecast period. 

    The report segments and analyzes the market in the most detailed manner in order to provide a panoramic view of the market.

    The vital data/information provided in the report can play a crucial role for the market participants as well as investors in the identification of the low-hanging fruits available in the market as well as to formulate the growth strategies to expedite their growth process.

    This report offers high-quality insights and is the outcome of a detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders, and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools. 

    More than 1,000 authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, fact books, press releases, journals, investor presentations, white papers, patents, and articles, have been leveraged to gather the data. 

    We conducted more than 15 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    The in-flight connectivity market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.7% by 2028, driven by the rapidly increasing passenger demand for internet connectivity during flights.

    The in-flight connectivity market is likely to reach US$ 3.2 billion in 2028.

    North America is estimated to remain dominant in the in-flight connectivity market in the foreseen future in the wake of its largest connected fleet size in the USA.

    Asia-Pacific is estimated to be the fastest-growing market for in-flight connectivity in the foreseeable future. Currently, China has more connected aircraft than in 2020, despite the downfall due to COVID-19. At the end of 2021, the Chinese fleet had 842 connected aircraft, and it is expected to grow even more shortly.

    Wi-Fi network is estimated to dominate the market in the coming years as airlines increasingly prefer to provide Wi-Fi connectivity during flights at a low or no cost to improve the onboard passenger cabin experience.

    Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo, Inmarsat Intelsat, Panasonic Aviation, SITAONAIR, and Viasat are the leading players in the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) Market.

    The market is studied from 2016-2028.


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