Fierce competition and consolidation awaited in the IFC market

The IFC market was, until recently, a relatively consolidated market, with five service providers having a combined market share of ~99% of the total number of connected aircraft at the end of 2016.

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High growth potential remains for connected airlines

Euroconsult estimates that 71 airlines provided connectivity at YE2016. Among these connected airlines, 8 of them have a fleet composed of more than 300 aircraft, 26 of them have between 100 and 300 aircraft and 38 have less than 100 aircraft. Almost all of the medium and large fleet carriers offer connectivity on at least part of their fleet.

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VSAT solutions set to gain further traction for cabin connectivity

Euroconsult estimates that around 6,500 commercial aircraft worldwide (approximately 20% of the global fleet in operation) provided connectivity services to passengers at the end of 2016, an increase of 24% y-o-y, primarily driven by Ku-band based solutions.

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71 airlines are flying with IFEC – who will be next?

In a four-year time-frame, the number of airlines that have equipped at least one aircraft with in-flight connectivity (e.g.; cabin connectivity for passengers) has more than doubled. Demand is continuing to show strong signs of growth as eleven additional airlines had contracted IFC services with one of the seven service providers but had not yet started installations at the end of 2016.

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