In-flight connectivity has been a hot topic in China. Recently, AsiaSat CEO, Andrew Jordan highlighted aviation as a key avenue for the satellite communication industry, shining some optimism on its potential for AsiaSat. “AsiaSat is very happy to be providing an expanded service for the China aviation market, after China Telecom was granted official approval by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC to increase capacity usage for expanded airborne communication networks, and is delighted they chose AsiaSat 7 which now supports the most inflight communications service for airlines in China.”
AsiaSat has been supporting China Telecom with AsiaSat 7 capacity since 2016 for the provision of inflight Wi-Fi services for some 100 planes, from domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Hainan Airlines, as well as for ground communications for international airlines such as United Airlines, Emirates, and Lufthansa. Amongst all other satellites from operators providing inflight connectivity services, AsiaSat 7 provides the most capacity in China.
China’s aviation market has experienced rapid growth in terms of annual passenger traffic in the last decade, and according to an IATA forecast China will become the world’s largest aviation market (by passengers) by 2024. Many domestic airlines are already equipped with inflight communication capabilities to serve passengers on wide-bodied aircraft, whereas service installation on narrow-body aircraft is about to take off and is expected to experience exponential growth in the coming years.
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