Our solutions for connected aircraft
Impressive tech innovations, emergence of new players, requirements of post-Covid travellers – connectivity has already moved on to the next level. With our partners, we are committed to support this shift by providing holistic solutions addressing technical, operational, economical issues – not to forget the passenger’s view.
Discover how they support or operate connected aircraft!
Our vision of connectivity
The connectivity market in the airline industry has become a hotbed of innovation and opportunity. With passengers demanding more reliable and faster internet connections while flying, airlines and operators are investing to provide seamless in-flight connectivity. This has opened up new business avenues for airlines and business jet operators, to develop digital services that enhance the passenger experience.
But the potential for innovation in this market is not limited to entertainment or experience alone. Players are also exploring ways to leverage connectivity for more efficient operations, such as real-time data sharing between planes and ground teams for better maintenance and fuel management. At Display Interactive we already use connectivity to offer personalized services to passengers based on their preferences and habits. The rise of IoT and smart devices is already opening further options.
As the demand for reliable, high-speed, low-latency, in-flight connectivity continues to grow, the possibilities for new services and processes in the airline industry are endless. From personalized entertainment options to more efficient operations, the future of the connectivity market holds great promise for airlines and passengers alike.
At Display Interactive, we expand everyday the field of possibilities to make these promises a reality for our customers and partners.
Tarek El Mitwalli, CEO @ Display Interactive
The Connectivity Hub
A selection of connectivity resources we found interesting
This recent article by Mary Kirby and RGN definitely caught our attention. Some of us will remember that the love story between airlines and OTT services is not recent (JetBlue and Amazon, a long time ago, amongst others). While such a topic is of interest for many travelers, who would rather watch their own-curated content sourced from their preferred service – without planning a download, it currently faces a number of limitations. For how long? And for which market segments?
You’ll need a premium subscription to PaxEx.aero to read the full version of this article by Seth Miller, questioning the new ‘frictionless’ model pushed by Starlink to its first airline customers. While the pros are kind of obvious, the cons are much more subtile. Are airlines offered a modern version of the Faustian pact?
When digital sky meets digital infrastructures: OneWeb and AWS have announced a strategic agreement to bundle broadband connectivity with AWS cloud services and edge computing capabilities.
This short article by Jason Rainbow for SpaceNews questions the impact of current low-sided economic perspectives on IFEC activities, and is supported by data from EuroConsult. Is free service the proper strategy in such a context? Or is it not?
Euroconsult, a leading expert group for satellite connectivity announced on a global scale that Capacity Pricing for fixed-satellite services Continues to Decrease in line with the expansion of HTS Supply and Services. This is certainly a trend for the future – capacity exceeding demand. Will operators maintain their prices by adding new value-adding services?
Inmarsat provides an interesting perspective on how Qatar Airways, as the official airline sponsor of the event, provided live streaming of the FIFA World cup, and how this contributed to shaping the connectivity landscape.
A few months after the launch of Airbus HBCplus at AIX with Inmarsat, the concept gained momentum with the official announcement at APEX Expo of SES joining the Managed Service Providers catalogue.
Brilliant perspectives for the inflight connectivity market, according to Euroconsult as they launch their latest report. Will airlines succeed in keeping a strategic position in the value chain, and obtain a fair share of the value created? Or is it an operator’s game?
The recent launch of Airbus HBCplus during AIX 2022 is certainly a key element for the new connectivity landscape. As airlines will be able to purchase connectivity as an SFE linefit option, the promise of a frictionless market is emerging. The terminal being limited to Ka band for the moment, it is no surprise that Inmarsat Gx was selected as the first MSP by Airbus – a bit like DI was one of the first wireless IFE providers to be selected on AirSpace Link (former OSP). We are curious to see when HBC+ will extend to additional MSPs and other technologies.
A white-paper commissioned by OneWeb and based on a passenger survey confirms high expectations and equally high frustration of passengers when it comes to inflight connectivity.
Not for the faint-hearted, and quite technical, this research paper from the MIT (Pachler, del Portillo, Crawley, Cameron) is a wealth of information and will definitely help understanding the key mechanisms behind LEO constellations, and how they differ. One of our tech team’s favourites!
We loved this article by Tom Batchelor in Key.aero – providing an historical perspective on inflight connectivity, and presenting the successive technology shifts. If you are not too familiar with the topic, this is a must-read introduction.