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Wireless in-flight entertainment expanding in the skies — soon

Wireless in-flight entertainment expanding in the skies — soon

For business and leisure travelers alike, a frustrating part of flying is the lack of access to wireless services for work or entertainment. But that will change soon, as increasing numbers of airlines install equipment that will allow passengers to connect to the Internet, according to a new report released Thursday.

Only about 80 planes today now have access to streaming wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE). But that number is forecast to reach nearly 9,000 aircraft by 2021, allowing passengers far more options for entertainment and communication, according to the report by IMS Research, a market research firm. The report was produced following interviews with hardware suppliers and communications companies as well as a survey of 50 major airlines, according to Alastair Hayfield, research director of IMS Research.

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