September 9, 2019
Commercial airlines offering in-flight movies is expected to top 20,000 aircraft by 2028 from more than 8,000 aircraft this year, according to new data from Paris-based Euroconsult.
Spurred by decreasing bandwidth costs, increased competition and rollout of so-called “smart planes” offering real-time data, passenger access to online movies, music and gaming is expanding.
“Demand continues to grow for connectivity in the aero industry,” Xavier Lansel, senior consultant with Euroconsult, said in a statement. “With less than 20% of the world’s airlines providing internet connectivity to their passengers at the end of 2018, and more ‘Smart Plane’ connectivity coming, there is lots of room for expansion.”