A recent infographic about inflight wi-fi prepared by Icelandair caught our eye this month. It contains a mountain of info about one of our favorite subjects, and for your reading pleasure, we’ve excised some of the keenest facts, and then provided the entire graphic below. Enjoy!
1> Fifteen years ago, in 2000, only 4% of US households had broadband. Today it’s 87%. Remember this sound?
2> Every month, two million airline passengers connect to inflight wi-fi, which has only been around since 2004.
3> The average American spends between eight and nine hours per week online—about 35 hours per month.
4> Only 18% of travelers travel with phone, tablet and laptop. (Wait, I thought everyone did that!)
5> In 2013 a whopping 84% of inflight wi-fi users used the Apple OS vs Android. Device type is nearly evenly split three ways between phones, tablets and laptops.
6> While it may not always feel like it, inflight wi-fi speeds are increasing rapidly. For example, Icelandair says that when inflight wi-fi was first introduced in 2004, speed was about 3 Mbps. The newest versions of air-to-ground systems (like Gogo’s) run at about 70 Mbps while satellite based systems (like United’s) run at about 50Mbps.
7> Each seatback entertainment system weighs 13 pounds. Removing those systems and having passengers access systems via their own devices would conserve 80 metric tons of fuel year on a single 260-seat Boeing 767. (In the US, United has tried this approach with mixed results.)
8> Outfitting a typical plane with seatback entertainment systems costs about $3 million per plane.
For all the fun facts, take a spin through the infographic below:
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