Published: November 2016

Though the gargantuan task of connecting everything that will eventually comprise the Internet of Things (IoT) is still firmly in its infancy, especially in aviation circles, use of the phrase “connected aircraft” has expanded over the past 12-18 months. Partly to help underpin the business case for in-flight connectivity (IFC), there is a growing desire among airlines to use the connectivity pipe not just to provide a service to passengers, but to also help realise greater operational efficiencies. Connected aircraft applications that will re-shape airlines’ businesses as well as reinvent the passenger experience include real-time credit and debit card verification, in-flight telemedicine, connected electronic flight bag (EFB) and live weather, CRM/ERP integration, flight tracking, aircraft health monitoring and predictive maintenance, connected crew and more.

This extended whitepaper takes a comprehensive view at this emerging segment, outlining what is meant by the connected aircraft and the enormous promise it holds. This includes a thorough outline of the connected aircraft opportunity and various applications and the potential additional revenues and cost savings airlines can realise through their use. Additionally, the whitepaper examines the challenges faced by industry participants and how they might be overcome – especially the pressing issue of cybersecurity and the work being done to protect connected aircraft from hackers and other miscreants.

Drawing from its extensive experience in researching the IFC and IFE markets, where its work is used by a host of leading companies, this extended whitepaper from Valour Consultancy is an essential resource for those looking to better understand the topic of the connected aircraft, different initiatives, the competitive environment, the opportunities and challenges, and lessons learned by others in adjacent industries where the IoT is more mature.

Key questions to be answered by the report include:

  • What is meant by e-Enablement and the connected aircraft?
  • What are different connected aircraft applications?
  • Which connectivity technologies are supporting the connected aircraft?
  • What sort of cost savings and/or ancillary revenue gains can connected aircraft applications help airlines achieve?
  • What is the “low hanging fruit”?
  • Are airlines phasing in adoption of connected aircraft applications? How?
  • How can interdepartmental friction and competing needs for connectivity be overcome?
  • How can open platforms and industry standards foster industry growth?
  • How is the issue of cybersecurity being dealt with?
  • Who are some of the leading connected aircraft companies?
  • How are selected airlines approaching the connected aircraft? What are lessons learned?
  • What are the remaining challenges to be overcome?
  • What needs to be done to take the connected aircraft to the next level?

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