About In-Flight Entertainment
Globally, airlines are seeking to retrofit their aircraft with the latest technological upgrades for cost-effective operational efficiency and increased life span. Different upgrading, retrofitting, and modernizing functions are performed on avionics, IFEs, and aircraft cabin interiors (food storage equipment, seats, galley, windshields and lavatory, windows, and aerodynamic retrofit) depending on the aircraft type.
One such upgrade is the installation of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems that provides entertainment facilities to passengers during their air travel. Although primarily equipped in full-service carriers, these systems are being adopted by budget carriers due to increased demand from passengers.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the global IFE market to grow at a CAGR of 13% during the period 2016-2020.
Covered in this report
The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global in-flight entertainment (IFE) market 2016-2020. It provides a global overview, market shares, market segmentation by type, and growth prospects by product type (hardware, connectivity, and content).
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global In-Flight Entertainment Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the Global In-Flight Entertainment Market: Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo, Lufthansa Systems, Panasonic Avionics Corp., Rockwell Collins, Thales Group, and Zodiac Aerospace.
Other Prominent Vendors in the market are: digEcor, and Lumexis.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “Connectivity within the flight has become an important catalyst in airline's day-to-day operations. In-flight connectivity also allows the operator to enhance customer loyalty and satisfaction. Therefore, airlines across the world are widely adopting air-to-ground (ATG) and satellite networks to avail this facility. However, ATG services are only available in the US with very limited network capacity, thus forcing providers to realize the potential of passenger connectivity.”
According to the report, the increase in air passenger traffic and improved technologies has attracted many business opportunities into the IFE market to deliver latest avionics systems. Rockwell Collins developed Paves on-demand IFE systems, which is being used by Airbus. The system is expected to be installed on 85 new A320 aircraft that will have enhanced capabilities such as video content streaming through a wireless system and an open-software architecture to support numerous applications and services.
Further, the report states that development and integration of IFE systems have raised many safety challenges. Voltage leaks and arcing are among the major obstacles owing to miles of in-flight wiring involved. They also conduct rigorous testing for all IFEs followed by detailed documentation. In addition, it is imperative that a particular system is tested with the correct approach and for the appropriate parameters. Although successful tests and trials indicate good productivity and safety, the whole process poses a significant challenge to the market.
Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo, Lufthansa Systems, Panasonic Avionics Corp., Rockwell Collins, Thales Group, Zodiac Aerospace, digEcor, Lumexis.