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Vodafone offers $5 flat rate for IFC

Vodafone is offering travellers a $5 per day for ‘all you can eat’ connectivity while in the air. The telco has struck deals with a large number of airlines and the fee covers what Vodafone describes as “airline roaming” for international flights. Vodafone says its satellite-based services will offer “3G like” download and upload speeds. […]

October 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

Canada’s AirSprint chooses Gogo

Gogo Business Aviation has been selected by Canadian fractional ownership aircraft AirSprint Private Aviation for its in-flight connectivity (IFC). AirSprint will begin upgrading its Cessna Citation and Embraer aircraft to Gogo 5G—making it Gogo’s first Canadian fleet customer. “We strive to provide the highest level of service, and we are always looking for new and […]

October 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

Forecast: IFC demand to soar

A report published by space consulting and market intelligence firm, Euroconsult, focusing on In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for air travel has highlighted a second consecutive year of strong growth, with over 36,000 commercial and business aviation aircraft now equipped with onboard internet access. The 11th edition of Prospects for In-Flight Entertainment & Connectivity predicts this number […]

October 4, 2023

Intelsat IFC available for all Airbus aircraft

Intelsat reports that its In-Flight Communications (IFC) service, already available via Airbus Airspace Link, will shortly be available to all Airbus aircraft and airlines. Intelsat will be the largest IFC service provider to Airbus. Starting with aircraft deliveries targeting the first half of 2026, airlines may select Airbus’ Ku-band ESA terminal, which is designed for […]

September 20, 2023By Chris Forrester

Report: IFC to boom at 14% CAGR

A report from Persistence Market Research says that the demand for in-flight broadband and related connected services is expected to grow by a CAGR of some 14.1 per cent, and is forecast to reach a value of $32.75 billion (€30.5bn) by 2033. The research says that in-flight services market was estimated to have a market […]

September 7, 2023By Chris Forrester

Intelsat wins Air Canada IFC

Intelsat has secured an In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) expansion order from Air Canada for on-board broadband. The statement from Intelsat talks of its “reliable” IFC service which will be expanded to include an extra “almost” 100 additional aircraft. The agreement will see Intelsat tap into its secured capacity using OneWeb low Earth orbiting satellites. The order […]

September 7, 2023By Chris Forrester

Viasat wins Malaysia Airlines IFE

Malaysia Airlines has chosen Viasat for its In-Flight Communications and Entertainment (IFE) aboard its new Boeing 737-8 fleet of aircraft. Malaysia Airlines will also introduce high-quality internet connectivity on its 737-8 aircraft. The agreement encompasses factory installation of Viasat’s equipment on its aircraft, the first of which is expected to be delivered to Malaysia Airlines […]

August 21, 2023By Chris Forrester

Panasonic Avionics in IFC boost

In-flight entertainment and communication systems specialist Panasonic Avionics has confirmed a major expansion of its global connectivity network with the addition of new and expanded GEO (geostationary) Ku-band satellite capacity that delivers higher-speed in-flight Internet connections for airlines and their passengers. Panasonic Avionics is adding new HTS (High Throughput Satellites) and XTS (Extreme Throughput Satellites) […]

August 11, 2023

Inmarsat: “Free is the future for IFC”

Airline passengers can – on some aircraft – already enjoy free in-flight WiFi. Other airlines allow their premium passengers either totally ‘free’ broadband or a service that’s good for a set number of minutes. Of course, none of these are truly ‘free’ in that the savvy airline operator has already built the cost of supplying […]

August 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Satcom Direct, Gilat IFC agreement

Business aviation solutions provider Satcom Direct and satellite networking technologist Gilat Satellite Networks have signed a strategic agreement to develop and supply new ultra-low profile electronically steered antennas (ESA) to support in-flight connectivity (IFC) for business, government, and defence. Available from 2025 and designed for optimised compatibility with the OneWeb low earth orbit (LEO) constellation, […]

August 2, 2023