In-flight Internet Market

In-flight Internet Companies - Viasat, Inc. (US) and Gogo Business Aviation LLC (US) are the Key Players

The market for In-flight Internet is expected to grow rapidly, reaching USD 2.1 billion by 2029, from USD 1.6 billion in 2024, at a CAGR of 5.7%.

The in-flight internet services market is witnessing rapid growth driven by the increasing passenger demand for connectivity and technological advancements. North America, particularly the United States, leads this market due to its high volume of air traffic and busy air travel routes. Passengers in this region expect robust in-flight connectivity, influenced by their pervasive use of digital devices and the desire to stay connected during flights. This expectation compels airlines to offer reliable high-speed Wi-Fi services to meet customer demands and enhance the travel experience.

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Major In-flight Internet companies include:

  • Viasat, Inc. (US)
  • Gogo Business Aviation LLC (US)
  • Panasonic Avionics Corporation (US)
  • Thales (France)
  • Collins Aerospace (US)

Technological developments are crucial in the evolution of in-flight internet services. High-throughput satellites (HTS), Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, and advanced antenna systems have significantly improved bandwidth, speed, and reliability. The rise of hybrid connectivity solutions, combining Air-to-Ground (ATG) and satellite networks, is particularly noteworthy. These systems provide comprehensive coverage, optimizing connectivity by switching between networks based on availability and performance. This approach ensures continuous, high-speed internet access, catering to passenger entertainment and business needs, especially on long-haul and transoceanic flights.

An emerging trend in the in-flight internet market is the rapid growth of free Wi-Fi services. This model enhances the passenger experience and provides a competitive edge for airlines. Free Wi-Fi meets the high expectations of passengers, particularly business travelers who require reliable internet for productivity. Airlines are leveraging ad-supported models, partnerships, and loyalty programs to offset costs and offer this service. Collecting passenger data through free Wi-Fi also presents valuable opportunities for personalized marketing and service improvements. This trend underscores the increasing importance of connectivity in modern air travel and the ongoing efforts by airlines to meet evolving passenger needs.

Key players in the market are focusing on developing sustainable and efficient In-flight Internet that can deliver comfort and safety. These players are Viasat, Inc. (US), Gogo Business Aviation LLC (US), Panasonic Avionics Corporation (US), Thales (France), and Collins Aerospace (US) among others.

Viasat, Inc.

Viasat, Inc. offers high-speed internet and secure networking systems to a diverse clientele. It generates revenue through its three business segments: satellite services, commercial networks, and government systems. Under its commercial networks segment, it offers in-flight internet services. The company focuses on delivering reliable internet access solutions beyond traditional ground-based infrastructure. Viasat's in-flight internet uses its satellite technology to provide high-speed connectivity to passengers on airplanes, allowing them to stay connected during their journeys.

Gogo Business Aviation LLC

Gogo Business Aviation LLC is a subsidiary of Gogo Inc. Under its service segment, Gogo Business Aviation provides internet connectivity specifically for business jets. Gogo Business Aviation specializes in providing high-quality in-flight internet services exclusively for business and private aircraft, setting itself apart from competitors that serve commercial airlines. The company emphasizes speed and reliability through advanced technologies like satellite networks and the upcoming Gogo 5G. Prioritizing robust security measures and VPN compatibility ensures the protection of sensitive business data. Gogo's global connectivity solutions cater to the extensive travel patterns of business jets, and their scalable connectivity packages are tailored to different aircraft sizes and user needs, allowing for cost-effective options that meet varying bandwidth requirements. By focusing on speed, reliability, security, and scalability, Gogo Business Aviation positions itself as the premier in-flight internet service provider for business travelers.

Panasonic Avionics Corporation

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC), a subsidiary of Panasonic Holdings Corporation, is a major player in in-flight connectivity. It provides airlines and business jets with high-speed internet access, video streaming, and other digital services for passengers and crew. Its technology utilizes a network of satellites to deliver internet over long distances, ensuring connectivity globally. PAC collaborates with over 300 airlines to provide tailored solutions, serving more than 1.4 billion passengers annually. Their product portfolio includes inflight email, internet access, moving maps, in-seat email, mobile text messaging, and e-greetings. Renowned for product innovation, system reliability, and customer care, PAC operates offices worldwide, including locations in Irvine, California; Langley, Berkshire; Singapore; Bothell, Washington; Kadoma City, Osaka; Alexandria; Sydney; Dubai; Coppell, Texas; Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; and Hong Kong.


Thales delivers internet connectivity and entertainment solutions for airlines under its Aerospace business segment. It offers passengers high-speed Wi-Fi access, allowing them to browse the web, stream content, and stay connected during flights.Thales provides seamless, secure, and connected in-flight entertainment, offering a best-in-class onboard experience. Their portfolio includes advanced in-flight entertainment systems, cutting-edge connectivity solutions, and digital services designed to connect and inspire passengers throughout their journey. Thales focuses on delivering simple and effective solutions that enhance the overall travel experience in the in-flight internet market.

Collins Aerospace.

Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of RTX Corporation, is a leading American technology company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and one of the largest suppliers of aerospace and defense products globally. They design, manufacture, and service systems and components for various sectors, including commercial and business aviation, military and defense, helicopters, space, and airports. Collins Aerospace's expertise encompasses aerostructures, avionics, aircraft interiors, mission systems, connected aviation solutions, and power and controls. Their connected aviation solutions, in particular, focus on the development and integration of data link and information management systems for airlines and airports, enhancing the in-flight internet market by providing advanced connectivity and information management systems.

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