Global In-Flight Entertainment Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Mar 2016
  • Pages: 69
  • SKU: IRTNTR9056

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This market research study presents a detailed segmentation of the global in-flight entertainment market by product (connectivity, content, and hardware), and by geography (Americas, APAC, and EMEA). The top vendors identified in the market are Global Eagle Entertainment, Gogo, Lufthansa Systems, Panasonic Avionics, Rockwell Collins, Thales Group, and Zodiac Aerospace.

Global in-flight entertainment (IFE) market analysis

As per Technavio's global in-flight entertainment (IFE) market research, the industry is anticipated to grow at an impressive CAGR of nearly 13% during the forecast period. Factors such as the increasing air passenger traffic and technological advancements to spur the in-flight entertainment market growth during the forecast period. For instance, Rockwell Collins developed Paves on-demand IFE systems, currently used by Airbus. The system is expected to be installed in several A320 aircraft so the passengers can stream video content easily through a wireless system and an open-software architecture to support numerous applications and services.  Another development by Panasonic Avionics is the eXO systems that provide audio-video on demand and live TV services. It also enables the passengers to connect their own devices to the flight portal with high-speed connectivity. These technological advancements enhance the in-flight entertainment experience and will, therefore, aid in the growth of the in-flight entertainment market size over the next four years.

In this industry report, the analysts have estimated factors such as the massive improvement in connectivity within the flight will drive the in-flight entertainment market worth, globally. With airlines across the world increasingly adopting air-to-ground (ATG) and satellite networks, the market for in-flight entertainment will grow until the end of 2020. The network providers are investing in new-generation high-throughput satellite technology which will replace the use of traditional fixed satellite service and provide high-speed Internet access at reduced costs. For example, SmartSky Networks collaborated with satellite companies and designed a new 4G LTE ATG network to deliver connectivity solution to airlines.

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Segmentation by product and analysis of the IFE market

  • Hardware
  • Connectivity
  • Content

During 2015, the hardware segment dominated the market and accounted for nearly 55% of the market share. One of the crucial components of IFE is the hardware that runs IFEC systems and allows users to stream content on board. This will propel the growth factors of IFE market during the forecast period.

Segmentation by geography and analysis of the IFE market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

During 2015, the Americas held the largest market share of 53% and is expected to continue its dominance until the end of the forecast period. This region accounted for nearly 8170 operational aircraft and is expected to increase to more than 12,000 by 2033. Moreover, the increasing number of aircraft can be attributed to a rise in air traffic and the introduction of lightweight jets in the market. The airlines are planning to raise the standard of their fleet by improving the comfort level of the passengers and by providing Wi-Fi services onboard. Since most passengers prefer to travel with their own digital devices, the introduction of Wi-Fi services in aircraft will bolster the growth prospects of this market over the next four years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The global IFE market is highly competitive due the presence of several large and small vendors competing for market share. Although the international players dominate the market, the small players also have a significant presence. The competitive environment is expected to intensify due with product extensions, new products launches, and M&A. 

Key vendors in this market are –

  • Global Eagle Entertainment
  • Gogo
  • Lufthansa Systems
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Thales Group
  • Zodiac Aerospace

Other prominent vendors analyzed in this market research report are digEcor and Lumexis.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the global IFE market size and growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global IFE market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global IFE market?
  • What are the challenges to in-flight entertainment market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global IFE market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global IFE market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and Europe.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of global IFE market?

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Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Global aerospace and defense supply chain system

PART 07: Global aerospace and defense value chain system

PART 08: Market segmentation  by product

  • Global IFE market by product
  • Global IFE market for hardware
  • Global IFE market for connectivity
  • Global IFE market for content

PART 09: Geographical segmentation

  • Geographical segmentation of global IFE market 2015-2020
  • IFE market in the Americas
  • IFE market in EMEA
  • IFE market in APAC

PART 10: Key leading regions

PART 11: Market drivers

PART 12: Impact of drivers

PART 13: Market challenges

PART 14: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 15: Market trends

PART 16: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario

PART 17: Key vendor analysis

  • Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE)
  • Gogo
  • Lufthansa Systems
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Thales Group
  • Zodiac Aerospace
  • Key vendors' recent developments
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 18: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 19: Explore Technavio

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Primary sources

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  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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