Frost & Sullivan: Global Aviation Satcom Market To Take Off As Airlines Deliver Better Passenger Experience

The cockpit segment will lead the entire aviation satcom market, driven primarily by the automation of data collection to monitor aircraft health in real time

SAN ANTONIO, September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis of the Global Aviation Satcom Market notes that due to increased investment in onboard entertainment, it is ready for improved flight operations and connectivity. This will improve the passenger experience, increase safety and increase the efficiency of flight operations. Catalyzed by the shift in the aviation market to more connected and intelligent aircraft, it is estimated that the market, consisting of the cockpit segment, the cabin segment and in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC), will be reached $ 730.4 million by 2030 $ 527.2 million in 2020 with an average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.3%. However, due to the impact of COVID-19, the industry is likely to see increasing growth through 2023. Air traffic is expected to return to pre-pandemic numbers by 2024, and the demand for aviation satcom is set to grow steadily throughout the forecast period.


From a regional point of view Asia Pacific (APAC) will generate the highest revenue for the market over the forecast period. The growth is mainly due to China and Indiawhere the demand for domestic travel is high. Similar, North America will be the second largest revenue generator as most full service carriers in the US offer premium services. In Europe and the middle East, most of the demand comes from the international market; the demand for satcom is for long haul flights.

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“The cockpit segment will lead the overall market as it is powered by the automation of data collection to monitor aircraft health in real time,” said Waseem Ahmed Khan, Industry Analyst, Aerospace & Defense Practice, Frost & Sullivan. “In addition, the airlines’ move to offer the latest digital services to enhance the experience of their passengers will increase demand for both segments – Cabin Satcom and IFEC.”

Khan added, “A majority of airlines are also focused on getting tangible benefits from a digital transformation program that may include creating new additional revenue streams and improving maintenance operations and aircraft turnaround time. In-house, special teams for digital transformation or change management are set up by airlines to monitor the implementation of their digital transformation strategy. “

In order to tap the growth prospects created by the digitization of airlines, Satcom market participants should:

  • Offer hardware solutions suitable for low earth orbit (LEO) capacities: Satellite operators need to develop smaller and cheaper hardware for the Satcom service portfolio by working with multiple hardware developers.

  • Launch new satellites to provide seamless connectivity: Providers need to determine which satellite mission can be launched from their end to provide seamless global connectivity to airlines.

  • Partnership with LEO satellite operators to provide low cost capacity to airlines: Geosynchronous Equatorial Orbit Satellite (GEO) operators should work with LEO satellite operators to offer lower cost services and improve existing capabilities.

  • Enhance the passenger experience by delivering live content: Satellite operators should work with live TV channel providers to stream their content on board the aircraft.

Global Aviation Satcom Growth Opportunities is part of Frost & Sullivans Global Aerospace & Defense Growth Partnership Program.

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