SkyFive inflight Wi-Fi test campaign: Greek airline Aegean came out as the winner

LISBON – At World Aviation Festival, SkyFive published the results of a comprehensive inflight Wi-Fi test campaign, which was carried out on 12 European airlines that together represent more than 80% of installed inflight connectivity systems on the single-aisle fleet.

The objectives of the campaign were to firstly benchmark inflight Wi-Fi services in the European market, secondly learn about best practices of airlines in this particular environment, and thirdly develop a holistic assessment methodology that goes far beyond traditional speed test. With less than 30% of aircraft connected, the penetration of inflight Wi-Fi services in Europe significantly lags behind the United States, with shorter flights, lower mobile usage revenues, and a strong Low-Cost Carrier segment being some of the reasons.

Of the 12 airlines selected for the tests, 4 each were equipped with Ka-band SatCom, Air-to-Ground (marketed under the European Aviation Network brand in Europe), and Ku-band SatCom respectively. Passenger experience was assessed in dimensions of service discoverability, purchase and payment options, the process and time to get online, and the quality of various applications. In addition, various technical parameters were captured in a largely automated manner, including latency, downlink and uplink speeds, and the number of connected devices. Some flights generated 10 Gigabytes of test data.

Services differed significantly in properties and price, with lowest and highest results often being a factor of 10 apart, as can be seen from the table below:

Lowest observed
Highest observed

Time to get online

65 ms
874 ms

Downlink speed
1.1 Mbps
47.4 Mbps

Uplink speed
0.5 Mbps
12.4 Mbps

Concurrent users

Price (normalized per hour)
2,51 €
10 €

Based on a weighted scorecard, Aegean, the leading Greek airline, came out as the winner by reaching 74% of the maximum achievable points. Aegean consistently and visibly advertises its service, makes it easy to access, and offers free and freemium options in addition to reasonably-priced paid plans (and an entirely free service on domestic flights). During the tests, all applications worked flawlessly, which was underpinned by very low latency and throughput speeds in access of 10 Mbps in both directions. Passengers appear to be rewarding the airline with robust adoption of the service.
Sandy Koutsogianni, Head of Airport & Inflight Experience at Aegean, said, “We are really proud to have been recognised as the winning airline for our inflight Wi-Fi connectivity service. At AEGEAN, we believe that connectivity shouldn’t be confined to the ground, and we’ve made it our mission to ensure that every passenger enjoys seamless internet access while flying with us. We remain commited  to consistently enhancing the travel experience and bridging the digital divide even at 30,000 feet. 
Dirk Lindemeier, Chief Commercial Officer at SkyFive, commented, “With these new results, airlines can now evaluate whether their existing inflight internet services meet business objectives, such as invoking digital engagement, generating ancillary revenue, or delivering a superior cabin experience, and how they compare against best-in-class competitors.”

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