Exclusive: Lufthansa passengers averaging 95 MB volume in flight

Not only is Panasonic Avionics seeing massive demand for in-flight connectivity – fielding RFPs for a staggering 1,500 aircraft – the company now has evidence to prove what it has been saying all along, that people are data hungry!

In a slide provided exclusively to RWG, Panasonic revealed that in May and June of this year, the average data volume per user of its eXConnect in-flight high-speed Internet solution was 95 MB and reached as high as 155 MB on 29 June. It wasn’t me! :-)

The solution is currently offered on board Lufthansa long-haul aircraft, but will be offered on Turkish, SAS, Cathay, Dragonair and Gulf Air. Panasonic is also understood to be working with Transaero and Japan Airlines. It has declined to comment on discussions.
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4 Responses to Exclusive: Lufthansa passengers averaging 95 MB volume in flight

  1. Jonathan Norris August 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Hey Mary,

    Interesting data from Panasonic – ‘average data volume of 95 MB per user’.

    Did Panasonic give any info on average number of users per flight or number of simultaneous users?

    Also would be good to know what connection duration was required to receive the 95 MB of data.

    How many Lufthansa aircraft now have the system installed and operational?

    TTFN

  2. Mike August 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Mary,

    Check out the trend line and the timeframe on the chart. Bandwidth per user has doubled in the past four months. Ka-band cannot get here soon enough.

  3. Chuck Norris August 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Not really interesting! But would be interesting to know what Lufthansa thinks about this indescrition from Panasonic side ..

  4. Mary Kirby August 12, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    Hey Jon, Like all service providers (and most airlines), Panasonic did not specify the average number of users per flight. However, while I was inside its mission control room, I observed on a screen that some flights had up to 25 users, others not quite that much. I can easily see using 95 MB of data on a long-haul flight.