Get thyself over to the LinkedIn IFE group stat!

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The in-flight entertainment group on LinkedIn is proving to be an absolute treasure trove of information with industry experts weighing in on a number of timely topics, including whether IFE newcomers will have any success in snatching some market share off the big guys, Panasonic and Thales. If you haven’t yet joined, you’re missing out! It’s a closed group so you will first need to request membership. Here is one nugget from a RAJCO Services:

We are a consultingcompany specializing in the IFEC market and have completed twoworldwide airline surveys on IFEC and two IFEC supplier analyses in thepast in nine months. We believe that the IFE hardware is rapidly movingtowards being a commodity, as most systems have more functionality thanthe airlines are asking for. As the lower cost IFE suppliers provereliable, the tight airline budgets will force more decisions to bebased on operational and life cycle cost (including weight), which willmake the low cost suppliers far more competitive. Several of the lowcost IFE suppliers are getting close to the key airline purchasethresholds in terms of weight and price per seat for widespreadimplementation, including both single aisle and regional jet. Once thesuppliers all develop low cost systems, the key drivers in the futurewill be GUI / Apps and seat incorporation esthetics rather than thehardware.

Do you agree with RAJCO’s findings? Just as airlines have gone bare minimum with economy-class seating on short- to medium-haul flights (less cushion, less weight, less overall seat), will they do the same with IFE (i.e. they know they need to offer something, but will it be to meet a bare minimum requirement?)

(Photo of  IMS’s new RAVE seat-centric IFE above.)

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5 Responses to Get thyself over to the LinkedIn IFE group stat!

  1. Oussama June 11, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I guess at the end airlines will offer access to their content at a price with passengers using their own devices (iPad, iPod, laptops) and save on the weight of screens and control devices.

  2. alloycowboy June 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Hey Mary,

    I thought you might find this interesting.

    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/06/american-airlines-galaxy-tabs/

  3. Mary Kirby June 14, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Cheers. I do find it interesting. Apple iPads at BA, Galaxy Tabs at BA’s partner American. I asked Thales’ IFE chief about it yesterday, and hope to post his comments to the blog as soon as I come up for air (pre-Paris responsibilities are kicking my butt :-)

  4. fireball June 15, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    RAJCO is right on the money. Hoping Mary you could do a short piece on eX3 and Avant headend. Nice to see innovators taking the big two on.

  5. Mary Kirby June 15, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Hi Fireball, Cheers! I’m working on Avant (I have some good video from AIX and I spoke to Alan P this week). I’m not sure if you saw this about Panasonic – http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/runway-girl/2011/05/panasonic_avionics_heres_the_s.html More soon!