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In partnership with Valour Consultancy, HMG Aerospace offers actionable consultancy services and high-quality market research reports on in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). Applying detailed, reliable market intelligence to your company’s long-term strategic plan will help you to unlock new opportunities for potential growth and development, staying one step ahead of your competition.

With distinguished experience in the aviation sector, Valour Consultancy’s expert analysts ensure the delivery of accurate, timely and trusted data.

Benefit from:

  • Extensive primary research on the IFEC sector
  • Exclusive intelligence gathered from leading analysts with over 20 years of experience
  • Comprehensive time spent on research
  • Unrivalled, accurate and trusted data
  • Openness on the methodology and assumptions
  • Follow up support services

Licences can be customised to suit your business needs. Licence types include:

  • Single User – an individual licence to use the report and data.
  • Site – allows everyone at a particular company location/single site to use the report and data.
  • Divisional – allows everyone in a particular team/division to use the report and data, for example, employees working in the IFE team across multiple locations.
  • Enterprise – allows all employees across all locations in all divisions to have access to the report.

Find out more about the reports currently available below:

In-Flight Connectivity on VIP and Business Aircraft

Published May 2017.

In commercial aviation, airlines continue to announce their plans surrounding in-flight connectivity (IFC). Outside of the United States, passengers in many parts of the world have not yet had a chance to sample the delights of surfing the web at 35,000 feet. However, executives and VIPs have been able to connect on board for some time now. Gogo Business Aviation, which has 8,000 business aircraft using its solutions, has been around since 1991 under a different incarnation, Aircell. Likewise, ViaSat’s high-speed Yonder solution was installed way before Exede In The Air debuted on JetBlue Airways.

While connectivity solutions share similarities across the commercial and business and VIP spaces, the requirements of end-users are markedly different. Indeed, managing expectations of wealthy businessmen and women, important dignitaries and even royalty who, many times, are used to getting everything they want, can be particularly challenging. That’s not to mention the much smaller size of many aircraft and the additional considerations that must be taken into account when installing enabling hardware such as antennas. Consequently, there is a whole set of different market dynamics at play when it comes to IFC on VIP and business aircraft.

This report follows on from Valour Consultancy’s comprehensive report on IFC in commercial aviation, which has been purchased by many leading industry participants. The Future of In-Flight Connectivity on VIP and Business Aircraft provides unrivalled insight and analysis into the current and future deployment of IFC on these aircraft. The number of connected aircraft is quantified with forecasts out to 2025. Data will be segmented by fitment type, aircraft size, connectivity technology and geographic region, with a full qualitative discussion of the key trends at play in support of this.  An in-depth discussion of key technology trends and a chapter profiling key players is presented too.

Key questions answered by this report include:

  • How many business and VIP jets currently provide in-flight Wi-Fi and/or in-flight cellular connectivity?
  • How quickly will the number grow over the next ten years?
  • How does the number of connected aircraft vary by geographic region?
  • How does this number breakdown by aircraft size (heavy jets, large cabin jets, mid-size jets, light jets and turboprops)
  • How are existing ATG systems evolving and where will alternatives emerge?
  • How are aircraft owners using or planning to use connectivity to realise cost savings?
  • What is the current and future size of the market for key enabling hardware (in terms of revenues, unit shipments and average selling prices)?
  • Who are the leading suppliers of in-flight connectivity hardware? What is their market share?
  • What is the market share of connectivity service providers?
  • What are the major technological trends taking place?
  • What are the trends surrounding the PEDs brought on board?
  • What are the key drivers and inhibitors of market growth?

How the connected aircraft fits into the Internet of Things

Published December 2016.

Click here to watch our presentation outlining the premise of this report.

Though the gargantuan task of connecting everything that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) is still firmly in its infancy, especially in aviation circles, use of the phrase ‘connected aircraft’ has expanded over the past 12 to 18 months. Partly to help underpin the business case for in-flight connectivity (IFC), there is a growing desire among airlines to use the connectivity pipe not just to provide a service to passengers, but to also help realise greater operational efficiencies. Connected aircraft applications that will re-shape airlines’ businesses as well as reinvent the passenger experience include real-time credit and debit card verification, in-flight telemedicine, connected electronic flight bag (EFB) and live weather, CRM/ERP integration, flight tracking, aircraft health monitoring and predictive maintenance, connected crew and more.

This extended whitepaper takes a comprehensive look at this emerging segment, outlining what is meant by the connected aircraft and the enormous promise it holds. This includes a thorough outline of the connected aircraft opportunity and various applications and the potential additional revenues and cost savings airlines can realise through their use. Additionally, the whitepaper examines the challenges faced by industry participants and how they might be overcome – especially the pressing issue of cybersecurity and the work being done to protect connected aircraft from hackers and other miscreants.

Drawing from its extensive experience in researching the IFC and IFE markets, where its work is used by a host of leading companies, this extended whitepaper from HMG Aerospace, in partnership with Valour Consultancy, is an essential resource for those looking to better understand the topic of the connected aircraft, different initiatives, the competitive environment, the opportunities and challenges, and lessons learned by others in adjacent industries where the IoT is more mature.

The future of in-flight connectivity

Published August 2016.

Click here to watch our presentation outlining the premise of this report.


In the year that passed since the last edition of this acclaimed report was published, a great deal has happened in the in-flight connectivity space. New antenna technology has been revealed across the board, additional satellite capacity continues to be procured to meet soaring demand and a whole host of M&A activity has taken place. And of course, many more airlines have committed to rolling out various solutions with the first to adopt Inmarsat’s long-awaited GX Aviation service now known.

In the 2016 edition of “The Future of In-Flight Connectivity“, the report once again dives deepest into this exciting and fast-moving market. Historic connected aircraft numbers from 2010 to 2015 are provided alongside ten-year forecasts out to 2025. Data will be segmented by fitment type, aircraft size, connectivity technology and geographic region with a full qualitative discussion of the key trends at play in support of this. New to this edition is data on the number of aircraft awarded but not yet installed and a focus on passenger data consumption.

The publication is even more comprehensive than the 2014 edition and represents a must-have resource for keeping abreast of the in-flight connectivity market.

The future of wireless IFE

Published August 2015.

A study providing comprehensive analysis of the current and future provision of wireless content streaming on commercial passenger aircraft.

In recent years, we have seen the introduction of wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) on aircraft that might not otherwise have installed IFC or any form of IFE whatsoever. This led to an influx of new entrants eager to exploit the lucrative single-aisle market and help airlines generate new ancillary revenue streams. Because of this, there exists a degree of confusion about the pros and cons of the multitude of solutions now on offer.

Incumbent players and those gearing up to enter are keen to better understand market dynamics, whether this technology will cannibalise the market for embedded IFE and how demand for content is shifting. What’s more, there is a desire to understand how best to monetise W-IFE. Empowering airlines with information that allows them to improve their understanding of passengers is not only a way to enhance the in-flight service, it allows airlines to offer products and services that are more suited to an individual’s needs. Some of the key questions answered is this report include:

  • How many aircraft are currently equipped with W-IFE?
  • How will this number grow by 2024?
  • How will installations vary by fitment type, aircraft size and region of the airline?
  • What are current and emerging applications for W-IFE?
  • What is the revenue potential for W-IFE?
  • What are the market shares of those active in the market?
  • Which airlines currently offer or intend to offer W-IFE?
  • What are the key drivers and inhibitors of market growth?

Upcoming report schedule

The following aviation research reports are scheduled to be published during 2017:

  • The future of in-flight entertainment
  • The future of in-flight entertainment content
  • The future of aircraft seating and in-seat power
  • Wearable device use in the aviation market (whitepaper)

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