In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Market Size & Share, by Offering Type (IFE, IFC); Type {Hardware (Antenna, Wireless LAN Controller, Wireless Access Point Controller Device, Wireless Hotspot Gateway), Service (Implementation & Integration, Network Planning & Designing, Support Services, Video Streaming Services (IFE))}; Technology (Satellite, Air-to-Ground (ATG), Ka-Band, Ku-Band, SBB) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

  • Report ID: 140
  • Published Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Market size is poised to cross USD 13 Billion by the end of 2033, growing at a CAGR of 13% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of in-flight wifi (entertainment) was over USD 6 Billion. The growth of the market is primarily attributed to the globally increasing trade of ICT goods and services. As per the data provided by the World Bank, ICT exports skyrocketed internationally from 12.7% in 2019 to 14.3% in 2020.

The entertainment provided to aircraft passengers during a flight is referred to as in-flight wifi (entertainment). In-flight internet service is provided via a satellite network or an air-to-ground network, allowing passengers to stay connected and up to date on current events around the world while travelling through an airline. Now people are able to access the internet while travelling by aircraft and browse websites, stream videos, get weather information, news, and much more. The growing number of commercial aircrafts all over the world is estimated to fuel the growth of the in-flight wifi (entertainment) market. For instance, the number of commercial aircraft across the globe is anticipated to reach approximately 36,501 by 2027.

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In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Rising Penetration of Smartphones – Smartphones are the important part of everyone’s life as we are depended to perform lots of tasks via smartphones. From internet surfing to simple calculations, and interacting on various social media platforms, we do all these activities by a smartphone. So, their rising penetration is one of the main growth driver to leading growth of the global in-flight wifi (entertainment) market during the forecast period. For instance, world's smartphone user base is expected to reach 6.650 billion by August 2022, representing 84% of the global population owing a smartphone.
  • Growing Number of Airline Passengers – The growing prevalence of air travel in people is influencing the various services provided by an airline. For instance, total air traffic in June 2022 was up 76.5% from June 2021 (measured in RPKs), out of which, domestic traffic increased by 5.5% and international traffic increased by 230% comparing the same period last year to this year.
  • Rising Surge in Internet Use – With the time, internet has become an important key player in our day-to-day life. Now a major portion of global population is using the internet to get the most information on their fingertips. As of April 2022, there were about 6 billion internet users worldwide, accounting for approximately 64% of the global population.
  • Escalating Trend of Streaming Services - Most of the today’s modern entertainment, such as movies, TV series, sporting events, concerts, and music, is delivered to us via streaming services. Now people prefer to watch shows and listen to music on an on-demand basis. For instance, between 2019 and 2020, the live streaming industry witnessed 98% growth in hours watched.


  • Higher Costs of In-Flight Wifi
  • Security Threat Regarding Data Privacy
  • Lack of Requisite Technology

In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Market: Key Insights

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Base Year Market Size (2022)

 USD 6 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

  USD 13 Billion

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In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Segmentation

Technology (Satellite, Air-to-Ground (ATG), Ka-Band, Ku-Band, SBB)

The global in-flight wifi (entertainment) market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by technology into satellite, air-to-ground, Ka-band, Ku-band, and SBB, out of which, Ka-band segment is expected to grow at a rapid pace in the forecast period owing to its higher frequencies in the spectrum, which range from 27.5 to 31 GHz. that perform much better in communications demanding higher bandwidth. For instance, more than 500 Delta Airlines aircrafts are scheduled to have fast-streaming Viasat Ka-Band Wi-Fi by the end of 2022, up from the current figure of more than 300 aircrafts.

Our in-depth analysis of the global in-flight wifi (entertainment) market includes the following segments:

             By Offering Type

  • IFE
  • IFC

                By Type

  • Hardware
    • Antenna
    • Wireless LAN Controller
    • Wireless Access Point Controller Device
    • Wireless Hotspot Gateway
    • Others
  • Service
    • Implementation & Integration
    • Network Planning & Designing
    • Support Services
    • Video Streaming Services (IFE)
    • Others

               By Technology

  • Satellite
  • Air-to-Ground (ATG)
  • Ka-Band
  • Ku-Band
  • SBB

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In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Industry - Regional Synopsis

Regionally, the global in-flight wifi (entertainment) market is studied into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. Amongst these markets, the market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 backed by the technological advancement in the aviation industry. For instance, the United States is stated to attain the highest airport connectivity score by generating approximately USD 200 billion of air passenger revenue in 2022. Significant 5G deployment by the numerous service providers in the region, and the approval and expansion of private service providers in satellite broadband stream are some other major factors anticipated to influence the market growth over the forecast period.

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Companies Dominating the In-Flight Wifi (Entertainment) Landscape

    • Viasat, Inc.
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Thales Group
    • Anuvu Operations LLC
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Gogo LLC
    • Cobham Limited
    • Inmarsat Global Limited
    • Kymeta Corporation
    • ThinKom Solutions, Inc.
    • Eutelsat Communications S.A.

In the News

  • Thales Group has introduced AVANT Up, its latest advancement of industry leading inflight entertainment (IFE) solutions. Optiq by Thales is the industry's first intelligent 4K high dynamic range (HDR) display with Samsung QLED technology, developed in partnership with HARMAN, a Samsung Company.

  •  Viasat Inc. has announced a partnership with Breeze Airways to offer high-speed inflight connectivity (IFC) on Breeze's new airbus A220-300 fleet.


Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma

  • Report ID: 140
  • Published Date: Feb 14, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The rising penetration of smartphones, the growing number of airline passengers, and the rising surge in internet use are some major factors driving the growth of the market.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 13% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

Higher costs of in-flight wifi, security threat regarding data privacy, and lack of requisite technology are estimated to hamper the market growth.

The market in North America is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

(entertainment) market? The major players in the market are Viasat, Inc., Thales Group, Anuvu Operations LLC, Honeywell International Inc., Gogo LLC, Cobham Limited, Inmarsat Global Limited, Kymeta Corporation, ThinKom Solutions, Inc., and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, geographical presence of the company which determine the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by offering type, type, technology, and by region.

The Ka-band segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2031 and display significant growth opportunities.
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