March 20, 2023

The global in-flight entertainment & connectivity market size is expected to showcase an exponential growth by reaching USD 7.68 billion by 2027 while exhibiting a CAGR of 9.76% between 2020 and 2027. The growth is attributed to the growing adoption of advanced SATCOM technology and the increasing demand for technologically advanced 5G technology that is likely to drive the manufacturers to develop innovative in-flight entertainment & connectivity solutions globally. Fortune Business Insights, published this information in its latest report, titled, “In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (IFE Hardware (Portable IFE System, and Non-Portable IFE System), IFE Connectivity (Wired Connectivity, and Wireless Connectivity), and IFE Content), By Class (First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy Class, and Economy Class), By Aircraft Type (Narrow Body, Wide Body, Business Jets, and Regional Aircraft), By End-User (OEM and Aftermarket), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2027.” The report further mentions that the market stood at USD 5.71 billion in 2019 and is projected to experience substantial growth in the forthcoming years.

The market is divided into three major segments: hardware, connectivity, and content. The hardware segment includes in-flight entertainment systems, satellite and ground-based communication systems, and hardware components such as screens, servers, and antennas. The connectivity segment includes satellite and ground-based communication services, Wi-Fi services, and cellular services. The content segment includes music, movies, TV shows, games, and other digital content.

North America is the largest market for in-flight entertainment and connectivity, followed by Europe and Asia Pacific. The growth in North America is attributed to the high adoption rate of advanced in-flight entertainment and connectivity services, coupled with the presence of major market players in the region.

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Reduced Number of Flights amid COVID-19 to Restrain Growth

Several countries have imposed a ban on air travel to contain the widespread effects of the novel coronavirus. This has led to significant decline in revenues witnessed by major aircraft operators. The temporary suspension of operation of flights is expected to restrain the growth of the market to some extent.

In-flight entertainment & connectivity services enhance the experience of passengers during air travel. The services include live video streaming, access to internet services, and text messaging. The IFEC devices are generally portable and non-portable that provide a plethora of entertainment services for the passengers.


Increasing Adoption of Advanced SATCOM Technology to Augment Growth

The growing demand for leisure travelling is propelling the manufacturers to install advanced SATCOM technology to improve the in-flight experience of the passengers. This technology is capable of providing seamless connectivity at any given latitude. Owing to their high-reliability to provide advanced in-flight entertainment & connectivity solutions, SATCOM antennas are extensively adopted by several airline operators. Additionally, the increasing demand for advanced technologies such as 5G to provide faster and non-stop entertainment solutions is likely to contribute to the global in-flight entertainment & connectivity market growth during the forecast period.

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IFE Hardware Segment Held 54.00% Market Share in 2019

The IFE hardware segment, based on type, held a market share of about 54.00% in 2019 and is expected to showcase significant growth owing to the rising number of aircraft deliveries that propel the demand for advanced IFEC hardware components globally.


Prominent Companies Focus on Product Innovation to Amplify Their Market Positions

The global in-flight entertainment & connectivity market is consolidated by the presence of key players that are focusing on developing innovative in-flight entertainment & connectivity products to maintain their stronghold. Additionally, adoption of strategies such as merger and acquisition, facility expansion, and partnership by the major companies is expected to contribute to the market growth.

Industry Development:

  • July 2020 – Qingdao Airline’s A320 completed its flying journey equipped with a Ka-band Satcom based IFEC system. The company reports that the high speed IFEC systems is expected to provide the best-in-class service for its passengers during flights.

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List of the Companies Operating in the Global Market for In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity:

  • Astronics Corporation (The U.S.)
  • Burrana Pty Ltd (Australia)
  • Collins Aerospace (The U.S.)
  • FDS Avionics Corp. (The U.S.)
  • Global Eagle Entertainment, Inc. (The U.S.)
  • Gogo LLC (The U.S.)
  • Honeywell International Inc (The U.S.)
  • Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG (Germany)
  • Panasonic Avionics Corporation (The U.S.)
  • Safran (France)
  • Sitaonair (Switzerland)
  • SmartSky Networks, LLC (The U.S.)
  • Thales Group (France)
  • Viasat, Inc. (The U.S.)

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