Nearly 800 Planes will Feature In-flight Broadband by the End of 2009, Generating $49 Million Worldwide Passenger Revenue

The number of broadband enabled airplanes will increase from 25 in 2008 to 800 in 2009, reports In-Stat As a result, broadband hungry airline passengers will generate over $49 million worldwide in 2009.  The in-flight broadband market is still emerging and will grow well beyond $1 billion annually by 2012.

The market is clearly gaining momentum, with deployments escalating in number. However, in-flight broadband faces challenges, however, by the struggling economy and competing non-traditional IFE solutions.

Live broadcast video is also poised for significant growth in 2009.  While this service is more established than in-flight broadband, usage revenues are still anticipated to nearly double in 2009 and continue to grow strongly through 2013.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • In-flight broadband equipment revenue will nearly double between 2009 and 2013.

  • Competing providers of include Aircell, Panasonic and Row44.

  • In-Stat forecasts over 200 million annual in-flight broadband connects by 2013, with long-haul connects dominating over short-haul connects.

  • Connections from handheld devices will account for about 1/3 of connects, with notebook computers accounting for 2/3.  

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,   Delayed Departure: Will In-Flight Broadband Take Off? (#IN0904520WBB), which covers the market for next-generation in-flight entertainment (IFE), with a focus on in-flight broadband services. The global report includes:

  • Forecasts of in-flight broadband and DBS video, including installments, equipment revenues, usage, and usage revenues, with segmentation regarding the length of the flights.
  • Expectations of in-flight IPTV introduction and ensuing revenue.
  • Detailed comparisons of principal competitors and customers, in terms of technologies, business models, and market share.
  • Correlations with the hotspot market and strategies learned from terrestrial Wi-Fi services that can be applied to the in-flight market.
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