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Panasonic claims IFC speed milestone

Panasonic Avionics, China Eastern Airlines, APT Mobile SatCom and China Telecom Satellite Communications are claiming a performance milestone for in-flight connectivity service over China, using Panasonic Avionics’ new Extreme Throughput Satellite (XTS) service on the APStar 6D communications satellite. On a recent China Eastern Airlines’ flight MU5105, passengers saw average speeds up to 100 megabits […]

August 27, 2021

ViaSat secures Flexjet deal

ViaSat has agreed a contract to equip fractional jet ownership business Flexjet’s fleet with ViaSat’s In Flight Connectivity and broadband entertainment system (IFC). “This partnership,” says ViaSat, “is two-fold: it will provide Viasat’s high-speed Ka-band IFC service on Flexjet’s Embraer Praetor 600 super-mid cabin fleet, which serves transatlantic and domestic European routes; additionally, the partnership […]

June 21, 2021By Chris Forrester

Report: IFC to recover in 2023

In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) has suffered badly during the pandemic. The prospects are that there will be a “U-shaped” recovery for aircraft-based IFC revenues, according to Northern Sky Research’s (NSR) latest study on Aeronautical Satcom Markets. NSR sees a rebound on the horizon for significantly impacted aero IFC services, with a U-shaped recovery underway and revenue […]

June 8, 2021By Chris Forrester

Viasat to connect 230 Delta aircraft with IFC

Viasat of California is to equip at least 230 Delta Air Lines with its In Flight Connectivity (IFC) broadband solution. Viasat adds that it is ready for a rebound in air passenger traffic as the pandemic ends. The aircraft, all part of Delta’s US domestic fleet and including its Airbus 321neo, Airbus 220-300, Boeing 737-800, […]

May 26, 2021By Chris Forrester

Survey: Post-Covid travel should include better IFC

A recent Intelsat survey points to future trends in Inflight Connectivity (IFC), as passengers screenings and air travel begin returning to pre-Covid levels. In a blog post, the satellite operator says that it is no surprise that the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the commercial aviation industry. ”With global vaccination rates surging, however, airlines […]

April 8, 2021By Colin Mann

OneWeb links with SatixFy for IFC

Satellite constellation operator OneWeb is linking with SatixFy which develops multi-beam communication antennas. The pair want to tap into demand for In Flight Communications and broadband. The two say they have signed an agreement to develop a new In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) terminal that will work over the OneWeb network as well as on Geostationary (GEO) […]

March 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

Viasat signs MOU with Gazprom Space

California-based Viasat has signed a Memorandum of Understand (MOU) with Russia’s Gazprom Space System and telco TMC. The agreement will supply connectivity for in-flight connectivity (IFC) for airlines flying into and over Russia. Viasat says: “Russia is a key region for in-flight communications, comprised of 11 time zones, and providing, among other things, the shortest […]

February 12, 2021By Chris Forrester

Research: Covid-19 shakes up IFC Industry

In its latest research, Euroconsult provides a strategic review of the market reset resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and its significant impact on the aviation industry. In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) has been a key driver for the entire ecosystem and constituted a $1.4 billion market in 2019. Current restrictions on travel and health concerns, however, are […]

September 10, 2020

Time for aircraft IFC to consolidate

The embryonic In Flight Entertainment and Connectivity industry has been badly hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic. No flights mean no passengers, and nobody to tap into aircraft-based broadband. Indeed, last week it emerged that Delta Airlines is contemplating offering ‘free’ WiFi on its US routes, and looking to trim its fees to its (current) main […]

June 15, 2020