With our 2020 predictions series wrapped up, one common theme we saw across different thought leaders was the increasing presence of inflight connectivity (IFC) in the aviation ecosystem. In addition to contributing to the passenger experience, IFC enables a more robust and higher value proposition to airlines for operating the aircraft.

In recognition of this important theme, we captured a few industry news stories highlighting IFC’s growing influence in the aviation ecosystem in our latest roundup. Read below for more stories about how IFC is shaping the present and future of the aviation industry:

Last month, Inmarsat announced that its GX Aviation solution reached the milestone of powering 1 million free inflight Wi-Fi sessions for Air New Zealand, approximately one year after the airline moved towards a free inflight Wi-Fi model.

“The fact that over one million sessions have been enjoyed by passengers since the free-of-charge model was introduced in December 2018 is testament to incredibly strong demand for high-speed, reliable and easy to access inflight broadband,” stated Chris Rogerson, Inmarsat Aviation’s regional vice president for Asia Pacific. This trend towards free inflight broadband aligns nicely with findings from the third installment of the London School of Economics Sky High Economics Report, stating that airlines embracing connected cabins have an immediate opportunity to win $33 billion in market share from competitors.

Now that the Indian aviation market has more flexibility in their IFC laws, many Indian airlines are working tirelessly to be the first to bring IFC to Indian passengers. As a feature that passengers around the world have come to expect, this will serve to boost overall passenger experience in this market. Thanks to a new partnership with NELCO, Vistara very well might be the first airline to offer inflight Wi-Fi in India, according to Get Connected. They could soon be offering connectivity service to passengers in India.

Being the first to offer IFC in a market completely new, offers potential for an airline to stand apart from its competition, to deliver a better passenger experience.

The Connected Aviation Today team recently spoke with Aditya Chatterjee, SVP, Aero Segment Market Solutions at SES Networks, to discuss his predictions for the connected aviation ecosystem for 2020 and beyond. Chatterjee explained the importance of stronger IFC solutions for both business and commercial aircraft.

“The more airlines satisfy their passengers’ insatiable appetite for connectivity in the skies, the more they stand out as the preferred airlines and business jets for passengers,” Chatterjee explained. He went on to say that about one-third of the world’s commercial and business jet fleet offers inflight connectivity services today and that number is expected to grow to 50 percent by 2025 and to 80 percent over the next 20 years.

About Chelsea Barone

Chelsea is an editor for Connected Aviation Today, managing the day-to-day editorial activities. Chelsea writes for other federal government and technology industry publications. Her background lies in B2B and enterprise technology, specifically cloud computing, SaaS, travel IT, and mobile devices.