Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2019 - 2024)

The Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Market is segmented by Product Type (Hardware, Content, Connectivity), Fit (Linefit, Retrofit), Class (First Class, Business Class, Economy Class), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:

2016-2024

Base year:

2018

Fastest growing market:

Asia Pacific

Largest market:

North America

CAGR:

7.77%

Key Players:

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Market Overview

The inflight entertainment and connectivity market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.77% during the forecast period, 2019-2024.

  • Increasing orders for newer generation aircraft, adoption of IFE systems by LCC operators, and the need to enhance passenger experience are the main drivers for the market.
  • The adoption of features, like bring your own device (BYOD), are expected to generate growth opportunities for the market, in the years to come.
  • Though the internet speed remains a matter of concern for most of the airlines’ inflight entertainment, some airlines have started providing inflight live content streaming for most of the flights with high internet speeds.

Scope of the Report

Inflight entertainment (IFE) refers to the entertainment that is provided to passengers, during a flight. In recent years, IFE has been expanded to include inflight connectivity (IFC) services, such as internet browsing, text messaging, cell phone usage (if permitted), and wireless streaming. Together, they constitute the inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems.

 

Product
Content
Hardware
Connectivity
Fit
Retrofit
Linefit
Class
Economy Class
Business Class
First Class
Geography
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
Australia
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Europe
Germany
France
Russia
Rest of Europe
North America
United States
Canada
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle East & Africa
Latin America
Brazil
Argentina
Mexico
Rest of Latin America

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Retrofits of Cabin Interiors

Currently, the linefit segment has the highest market share, when compared to retrofit. However, it has become important for the airlines to upgrade their aircraft cabins, owing to the advent of new technologies, in order to attract more passengers with the amenities they offer. Technological integration also represents brand value. Hence, the airlines are upgrading and retrofitting their inflight entertainment and connectivity systems with newer ones. This is the main factor that is expected to drive the growth of the retrofit segment during the forecast period. Retrofit is being done on most of the current aircraft, which are already present with the operators. Various airlines, such as IDAIR and Lufthansa, are now installing newer IFEC on their flights as a retrofit option.

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Rising Investments in Cabin Interior and Aviation Products by Airlines in Asia-Pacific

At present, North America dominates the inflight entertainment and connectivity market and is currently one of the main markets for IFEC providers. The large number of commercial aircraft in the United States is the main reason for the high market share of North America. However, the market in the region is beginning to saturate, and now the growth is highest in the Asia-Pacific market. The market in the region is evolving, owing to rising investments in cabin interior and other aviation products by the airlines in the region. Hence, Asia-Pacific is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The market is highly fragmented and about six companies had significant shares in 2018. Currently, Panasonic Corporation, Global Eagle Entertainment Inc., and Gogo LLC are some of the key players in the market. Acquisitions of some companies by others and increasing investments in R&D for the development of advanced IFEC systems, like the next-generation Ku- and Ka-band antenna systems for better and faster connectivity, are the main trends in the market. Also, the adoption of initiatives, like bring your own device (BYOD), is expected to enhance passengers' experience. The companies that provide these IFEC systems are eyeing to work in this regard and go forward through innovation and technological integration.

Major Players

  1. Thales SA
  2. Honeywell International Inc.
  3. Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.
  4. Gogo LLC
  5. Panasonic Corporation

* Complete list of players covered available in the table of contents below

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Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Deliverable

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  3. 3. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Drivers

    3. 4.3 Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services

      5. 4.4.5 Competitive Rivalry within the Industry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Product

      1. 5.1.1 Content

      2. 5.1.2 Hardware

      3. 5.1.3 Connectivity

    2. 5.2 Fit

      1. 5.2.1 Retrofit

      2. 5.2.2 Linefit

    3. 5.3 Class

      1. 5.3.1 Economy Class

      2. 5.3.2 Business Class

      3. 5.3.3 First Class

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.4.1.1 China

        2. 5.4.1.2 India

        3. 5.4.1.3 Japan

        4. 5.4.1.4 Australia

        5. 5.4.1.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. 5.4.2.1 Germany

        2. 5.4.2.2 France

        3. 5.4.2.3 Russia

        4. 5.4.2.4 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 North America

        1. 5.4.3.1 United States

        2. 5.4.3.2 Canada

      4. 5.4.4 Middle East & Africa

        1. 5.4.4.1 South Africa

        2. 5.4.4.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 5.4.4.3 United Arab Emirates

        4. 5.4.4.4 Rest of Middle East & Africa

      5. 5.4.5 Latin America

        1. 5.4.5.1 Brazil

        2. 5.4.5.2 Argentina

        3. 5.4.5.3 Mexico

        4. 5.4.5.4 Rest of Latin America

  6. 6. Competitive Landscape

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Vendor Market Share

    3. 6.3 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    4. 6.4 Company Profiles

      1. 6.4.1 Thales SA

      2. 6.4.2 Honeywell International Inc.

      3. 6.4.3 Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.

      4. 6.4.4 Viasat Inc.

      5. 6.4.5 Gogo LLC

      6. 6.4.6 Panasonic Corporation

      7. 6.4.7 Kontron AG

      8. 6.4.8 Collins Aerospace

      9. 6.4.9 Safran

      10. 6.4.10 digEcor Inc.

      11. 6.4.11 Inmarsat PLC

      12. 6.4.12 Stellar Entertainment*

    5. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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