China is the world's second largest aviation market. According to the prediction of IATA, China will overtake the United States as the world's largest aviation market around 2022. In the face of such a huge market, in-flight wi-fi has not only become a "good to have" to enhance the passenger experience and strengthen the loyalty of frequent fliers, but also become a new blue ocean of profits and a "must have" for major domestic airlines.
China's first airplane with high-speed satellite internet service successfully made its maiden flight on July 7th. Qingdao Airlines QW9771, equipped with in-flight internet service enabled by China's first and only Ka-band (26.5-40Ghz) high-throughput satellite – Zhongxing 16, took off from Qingdao Liuting International Airport.
Passengers onboard can get access to network service with a speed higher than 100 megabytes
, which enables the same surfing experience as that on the ground. A live broadcast was also conducted during the flight, the first of its kind in China's civil aviation history.
In the future, more and more airlines seek cooperation opportunity with satellite-based internet services suppliers to meet the internet demand of passengers. Under this background, the 2nd Connected Aircraft China Congress (CACC)
will be held on Aug. 13th - 14th, in Shanghai, China, where provides a platform to share the latest industrial news and discover new business opportunities.
In just two years, more than 2,000 aircraft in China will be equipped with in-flight wi-fi, doubling in three years. Based on the size of the new civil aviation aircraft in China, the size of the fleet in 2022 will approach 5,000 .