In-Flight Entertainment to More Than Double by 2028

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.”

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