Honeywell Aerospace has released survey results that confirm an increasing demand for global, trans-oceanic, fast and consistent in-flight wireless connectivity.
The research was conducted among more than 3,000 adults in the United Kingdom, United States and Singapore who have used Wi-Fi within the past 12 months.
According to the Honeywell survey almost 90 per cent of fliers would give up an extra amenity on their flight – preferred seats or additional legroom, for example – to be guaranteed a faster and more consistent wireless connection.
More than three in four passengers surveyed think wireless access should always be available on aircraft.
And when it comes to the current in-flight Wi-Fi experience, passengers want the type of consistency and speed experienced at home or in the office, especially on trans-oceanic or international flights.
The survey results also indicate that travellers use Wi-Fi for personal rather than professional reasons.
Honeywell and Inmarsat have partnered to deliver global high speed in-flight connectivity to passengers by enabling airlines and airplane manufacturers to access Inmarsat's forthcoming Inmarsat-5 Ka-band satellite constellation.
By early 2015, passengers can expect to shop, access email, connect with friends on social networking sites, and enjoy live streaming for entertainment and more – all on a consistent connection across oceans and regions.
Honeywell Aerospace survey: www.aerospace.honeywell.com