After an unprecedented year for the aviation industry, given the global impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, international leader in consulting and market intelligence Euroconsult published the ninth edition of their report which analyzes in-flight connectivity in commercial and business aviation.
The report, entitled Outlook for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) 2021 provides a comprehensive analysis of global market trends and forecasts for the next decade, in terms of connectivity provided to passengers on board. The report also presents an analysis of the impact on the market over the past year of factors related to the pandemic, such as blockages nationwide, ground flights and the inaccessibility of new facilities due border closures, estimating that revenues from in-flight connectivity services have fallen by nearly a third, to a total of $ 970 million.
Euroconsult predicts that the recovery of the IFEC market will depend on the recovery of the aviation industry and the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Based on two scenarios, high case and low case, the analysis predicts that the total number of connected aircraft will reach between 16,000 and 20,000 by the end of this decade. This number is lower than previous forecasts, due to the pandemic.
The IFEC report assesses several other effects that the pandemic has introduced to the market, such as Chapter 11 procedures that led to a reorganization of the landscape. “The COVID-19 pandemic acted as a catalyst», Declared Euroconsult Vishal Patil, who contributed to the report. “It triggered consolidations, mergers and acquisitions. “
Examples of such activity specific to this market include Gogo Commercial Aviationacquisition by Intelsat and broadband and entertainment provider Anuvu, previously Global eagle, which, after filing for Chapter 11 in July 2020, has since been released with private funding. Broadband satellite operator OneWeb was also the subject of a similar financing procedure.
The 2021 edition shows that around 9,000 planes from 115 airlines are currently equipped with in-flight connectivity terminals (IFCs), a reduction of 2.5% from the previous year. Over 80% of these planes were connected via satellite connectivity, the rest being connected via Air-To-Sol. The rate of new installations has been much lower this year due to regional blockages, leading to difficulties in accessing aircraft.
Unlike previous reports, this new edition takes regional aircraft and turboprop engines into account in the connectivity analysis, as well as mobile satellite service (MSS) solutions. An update on the introduction of Satellite in non-geostationary orbit (NGOs) systems is also provided, covering the tastes of the EspaceX exploited Star link constellation, as well as Telesat and OneWeb, as well as the availability of capacity for aviation first in Ku-band and then in Ka-band.
The 9th edition of Euroconsult In-flight entertainment and connectivity prospects is available for purchase now on their online Digital platform and includes, but is not limited to, satellite operators and service providers, as well as system integrators, equipment manufacturers and airlines.
Premium Edition subscribers will have full access to an extensive database providing connectivity status by aircraft, service provider, frequency and solution. This comprehensive database is updated quarterly rather than annually.