Better aircraft connectivity for improved passenger experience

Nov 07, 2017

Prepare to keep your phone switched on during take-off and landing! New satellite systems will shortly enable aircraft to be connected better than ever before. With the majority of travellers taking their smartphone on board, reliable access to fast inflight Wi-Fi will be a significant improvement in passenger experience. Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast estimates that there will be 23,100 fully connected aircraft by 2025, up from just 5000 in 2015. The new connected aircraft will include our first ever ‘digital native’, the A350 XWB. 

The search for improvements in this important aspect of the aviation industry is, not surprisingly, also one of the recurring Fly Your Ideas challenges. Over 5 editions to date, students from around the world have developed their own ideas in response to the call to create new ideas for better passenger experience.

Taking on this particular challenge, our 2017 winners, Team DAELead took the top prize for their innovative underfloor Private Stowage Compartment idea, designed to store personal belongings whilst improving boarding and disembarking efficiency and passenger comfort, as well as increasing personal luggage capacity. Amongst the other teams shortlisted for the finals this year, Team PassEx won their spot in the top five for their idea designed to improve boarding congestion.

To find out more about how Airbus is developing new and better connected aircraft, including details of the Reliable Aircraft Connectivity Demonstrator, you can read more here.