Panasonic Avionics, Thales InFlyt Experience are investing in new satellites, but cautious about market take-up

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Two major in-flight-connectivity providers, Panasonic Avionics and Thales InFlyt Experience, are making major investments in satellite throughput but were cautious about whether trans-oceanic passengers will see free service anytime soon.

The problem, they said, has not changed: If passengers don’t demonstrate a willingness to pay and third-party sponsorships are not yet widespread, the airlines will not invest in the necessary hardware and will not stimulate satellite fleet operators to offer massive new bandwidth.

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