Sharp Rise in Bizjet Broadband Use Foreseen

 - August 1, 2007, 6:49 AM

Business jet passengers will be the biggest users of in-flight broadband data services over the next four years, according to a report released last month by an Arlington, Va. research firm. Analysts at Freesky Research said that despite growing interest by airlines exploring data connectivity choices, the majority of broadband hardware installations in the study period will be aboard large bizjets.

“Private jets with maximum takeoff weights of more than 50,000 pounds will be one of the leading segments of the market,” according to David Gross, the report’s author.

“They have the width to carry most fuselage-mounted antennas and sell at prices that make broadband systems a small share of the overall cost of the airplane.” The report includes forecasts for broadband installations by aircraft type and says business jets are anticipated to account for more than half of all systems sold through 2011.