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The Bottom Line

Author: Claude Rousseau (X)

  • In the race to gain more customers for its onboard Wi-Fi service, airlines are following a path that could be surprisingly efficient to generating more revenues: they are giving it away.  That is, partially. Indeed, the hope is that some free airtime will lead passengers to get hooked and pay for continued or better service.

    The moves by airlines to monetize what is a costly investment to their passengers in what is still a highly fragmented inflight connectivity (IFC) market, could set…

  • IFC: Bubble or Boom?

    Jul 25th, 2017 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Is the industry in the midst of an in-flight connectivity (IFC) bubble? Or is the market ready to boom without going bust? IFC service providers are far from profitable and their bottom line will remain in red ink for at least 2 to 3 years with only GoGo, the largest IFC provider by aircraft online, stating it will see positive free cash flow only in 2019.  Where does this lead an industry that does not discuss doomsday scenarios or exit strategies in this high-growth satellite market?

  • Charting IFC Success

    Jun 08th, 2017 by Claude Rousseau   More from this Analyst | Profile

    High passenger expectations for quality inflight connectivity (IFC) at the right price are still front and center, and the road to success in providing it remains a long and winding path. Many positive signs point to more decisions from airlines to adopt better IFC solutions in this most visible satcom growth market; but it is still a difficult road to fulfill the promise it has held for many years now.

    Measured Success

    NSR’s Aeronautical Satcom Markets, 5th Edition report found…