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