Internet at 30,000 Feet: In-Flight Connectivity Trends and Technologies
Airline “in-flight entertainment (IFE)” systems have morphed from traditional, seatback displays to incorporate so much more, including on-demand movies and music, streaming video, e-mail, Internet and more. What was once considered a perk of flying is now seen as standard equipment by business and leisure passengers alike.
Only two years ago, passenger surveys showed that the important IFE feature was connectivity — allowing passengers to use their own personal communications devices onboard. Since then, virtually every airline operating in the United States today have added this feature or plan to add this feature to new system installs.
What are the obstacles to equipping an aircraft with these systems? What kind of size, weight, power considerations have to be addressed? What’s next for connectivity — faster data rates, more airframe types, new applications? For the answers to these and other pressing questions, we’ve assembled a panel of industry experts for this live, online panel discussion, “Internet at 30,000 Feet: Airline Connectivity Trends and Technologies.”
Among the discussion points:
• What are the trends in in-flight connectivity for air transport?
• What new technologies will be hitting this space in the future?
• What role does traditional IFE have in this new environment?
• Will we ever be able to talk on cell phones while in flight?
Chief Technology Officer
VP, Marketing and Customer Propositions
Thales In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity
Senior Vice President, Airline Solutions
Director of Engineering,
Editor in Chief, Avionics Magazine
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