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Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity

Published: Aug 2013 | No Of Pages: 90 | Published By: Euroresearch & Consulting
Sector dynamics, analysis and forecasts addressing the IFEC market for commercial airlines and business aviation
 
Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity is a 90-page in-depth strategic review of the aeronautical industry, including sector dynamics, analysis and forecasts and addressing the In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) market for commercial airlines and business aviation.
 
The review assesses IFEC market trends for both content provision and equipment provision and provides forecasts for the global IFEC market.
 
Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity includes company-by-company and airline-by-airline analysis in terms of connectivity. Market forecasts for revenue, installation, and bandwidth by region, by segment and by network technology is also provided.
STRATEGIC ISSUES AND FORECASTS
$1.6 Billion spent for IFEC installations in 2012
Close to 2,700 commercial aircraft providing connectivity in 2012
8,400 business aircraft providing connectivity in 2012
A growing addressable market
Higher data rate required with new applications
Future aero regulations to drastically drive satcom usage
New forms of IFE
Cost as a key element in competition
Market barriers inhibiting growth
In-flight connectivity backed by four technologies
Ka-band to drive the market in the coming decade
 
IFEC market forecast to 2022 IFE MARKET DRIVERS, INHIBITORS AND KEY APPLICATIONS
A diversified IFE offer driven by passengers’ demand
In-flight entertainment content delivery
Twin-aisle aircraft, a mature market for IFE
Various IFE applications require in-flight data connections
New trends in the IFE market
Several inhibitors still constrain IFE development
Higher up-front costs for retrofitting traditional IFE than wireless IFE
Risks associated with adopting new IFE
Regulations still set constraints for IFEC
 
ANALYSIS AND PROSPECTS OF COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS AIRCRAFT MARKETS
World business aviation fleet has been growing for a decade
Market driven by aircraft replacements and fractional ownership
North America is the largest market, but emerging markets are chasing behind
A growing demand for in-flight connectivity
Large choice of service providers in the business aviation market
Close to 23,800 commercial aircraft in operation at year-end of 2012
Air traffic growth and larger aircraft are expanding the satcom market
Aircraft replacements and new deliveries are creating opportunity for the satcom industry
Business passengers represent an important source of revenues
Integration of IFEC in airlines’ business model
Commercial airlines investing in In-flight connectivity driven by Asia-Pacific and the Middle East
25% of IFEC-enabled airlines are low-cost airlines
International organization developing applicable regulatory standard
States hold sovereignty in the airspace over their territories
Division between safety communications and non-safety communications
Restrictions on voice communication on board in the U.S.
International regulations focusing on safety communications applications
The number of satellite ACARS users is growing
Future regulatory projects should drastically increase satellite usage by 2020
However, regulation can also slow down the market dynamic
 
STRATEGIES AND PERFORMANCES OF IFE PROVIDERS
In-flight entertainment: A highly concentrated market controlled by two players
Panasonic Avionics as the current market leader
Divergent strategies of market players
Trends in the IFE market
In-Flight Connectivity brings new players into the market
A number of SMEs have driven the market after Connexion by Boeing failure
Providers eyeing Ka-band opportunity
Strategic M&As have brought big players into the market
The market is supported by a mix of operator network infrastructures
MSS still holds a significant market share
Inmarsat has been offering aero solutions since the 1990s
The takeoff of Iridium aeronautical terminals
New entrants expected in the near future
Aeronautical market remains a fraction of FSS operators’ business
Ka-band to support new generation broadband systems
Air to ground dominating in North American market
Different business models exist for satellite operators

 

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