In-flight connectivity: Fabulous growth, but long-term profitability TBD

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS -- The business of providing in-flight connectivity (IFC) to commercial airlines continues to be a high-growth story as the latest Smart Plane Indicator survey from Euroconsult demonstrates. Revenue is up and the number of airlines adopting IFC has more than doubled, to 72, as of 2016 compared to 2012.

The total number of IFC-equipped commercial aircraft  was 6,500 in 2016 and will more than triple, to more than 24,000, by 2020, according to the Euroconsult forecast. The backlog of jets to be fitted with IFC gear, an operation that can take a plane . . .

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