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2015 In-Flight Connectivity Year in Review

Each year brings exciting developments to the world of in-flight connectivity and 2015 was no different. As part of our ongoing mission to keep you updated on the availability of in-flight Wi-Fi, mobile services, and live television, we thought you’d appreciate a recap of what happened in 2015.

Did you know that, as of the end of 2015, there are 60 airlines around the world which offer passengers some type of onboard connectivity? If you’d like to see a list of these airlines it’s available – and frequently updated – on our website.

Eleven new airlines began offering some type of in-flight connectivity (Wi-Fi, mobile services, or live television) to passengers in 2015.


2015 Year in Review Map



China, in particular, saw huge growth for in-flight Wi-Fi during 2015. In Q2 China Eastern Airlines became the first Chinese carrier to receive approval to provide Wi-Fi on both international and domestic flights.  Their international service launched in mid-November. Keep a close eye on China as we expect to see a lot more growth during 2016!

There are a number of web sites which can help you in choosing a flight which will offer connectivity.  In March of 2015 we were delighted to see the announcement that Google would be integrating Routehappy’s amenity data into Google Flights search results.  In doing so, if you’re using Google Flights to plan your next trip you’ll be able to compare available amenities such as Wi-Fi and in-seat power.

If you’re a sports enthusiast then you were happy to see increases in both the number of airlines offering live sports as well as the types of events they’re broadcasting. Among the new entrants to airlines offering this service are Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Norwegian, and ANA. And what sporting events were passengers able to watch in flight? The variety of live sports available onboard included the Rugby World Cup, the NFL Super Bowl, FIFA Women’s World Cup, NBA, and the T20 Big Bash League.

Of course here at @Altitude we’re always looking for fun ways airlines and passengers are using their in-flight Wi-Fi. You’d be surprised by some the selfies people are tweeting! Here are a couple of our favorites from last year:

  • In December, during the week before Christmas, Virgin Atlantic partnered with Microsoft to create “the world’s first connected gaming experience at 35,000ft” using in-flight Wi-Fi. Passengers on two flights used the Wi-Fi to participate in the #thankyoudeer experience, helping Santa Clause track down his missing reindeer in time for Christmas.

  • It wasn’t a strictly in-flight connectivity event, but on September 17th we saw lots of in-flight social media post by passengers onboard and Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to New York. Those lucky passengers – and tweeted about! – a live performance by the Irish rock band Kodaline.  It was fun to see passengers sharing the experience real-time from over the Atlantic!

And we can’t forget to thank our community on social media!  In 2015 we saw almost 100% growth on Facebook.  It’s great to know that so many people around the world are interested to learn about and use in-flight connectivity during their travels.

2015 was a great year for in-flight connectivity and we can wait to see what happens in 2016!

Enjoy the journey.

blog Altitude IconWant to share your experience using in-flight mobile services or Wi-Fi? Please add it below in the comments section.  And if you’re on a connected flight be sure visit us on Twitter or Facebook to share the experience with the @Altitude community.

BBC World News: December Highlights

Coming up on BBC World News in-flight (Times are in GMT)


Talking Movies: Review of the yearTM

Talking Movies looks back at some of the highlights of the movie year including Sundance Film Festival, Cannes and Toronto.

December 25th 14.30
December 26th 00.30
December 27th 12.30, 18.30

Artsnight: Ana MatronicBBC World News - Artsnight

2015 has been the year of the robot with the success of TV dramas and Hollywood blockbusters including Ex Machina, Chappie and the forthcoming Star Wars sequel. Ana explores our enduring fascination with robots in fiction, film, fashion and music.

December 19th 03.30, 17.30, 23.30
December 20th 10.30

2015: The Big StoriesBBC World News - 2015 The Big Stories

Race for the Skies

Cities in China seem to spring up almost overnight, but building a 57 storey skyscraper in just 19 days is super quick. We meet the Chinese millionaire determined to build higher.

December 26th 03.30, 17.30, 23.30
December 27th 10.30

Panorama: Disaster on Everest

BBC reporter Tom Martienssen returns to Nepal to find the men who were with him on Everest when April’s devastating earthquake struck.

December 26th 02.30, 08.30
December 27th 14.30, 21.30

Sport 24 Coverage Schedule: November 26th – December 1st

This week is one of the busiest travel weeks for the United States. For all those passengers who will be traveling this week, Sport 24 has a jam-packed line-up to keep them entertained in-flight!Sport 24 - Nov 26 - Dec 1st

The big moments ahead:


Memphis Grizzlies vs Houston Rockets

Chicago Bulls vs Indiana Pacers

Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs


Philadelphia Eagles vs Detroit Lions

Carolina Panthers vs Dallas Cowboys

Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers (more…)

BBC World News: November Highlights

Coming up on BBC World News in-flight (Times are in GMT)


Search and BeyondBBC World News - Horizons

How is the world of the internet search engine evolving? Adam Shaw sees how the big companies are not only improving their search ability but branching out into other areas too.

November 21st: 02.30, 08.30
November 22nd: 14.30, 21.30

Spirit of Yachting: Farr 40 World ChampionshipBBC Wold News - Spirit of Yachting

The Farr 40 class celebrates 18 years as a Grand Prix type yacht at the Farr 40 World Championships in Long Beach, California. Fiercely competitive, the event demands precise teamwork, consistency and determination and has captivated the sailing community since its inception in 1997.

November 21st: 12.30
November 22nd: 00.30, 07.30, 19.30

Iran’s Pioneer PhotographerBBC World News - Iran's Pioneer Photographer

Antoin Sevruguin is the most important photographer of 19th century Iran. During his long career his camera captured all walks of Iranian life and his photographs provide a unique visual source of the pre-World War 1 era.

November 28th: 12.30
November 29th: 00.30, 07.30, 19.30


BBC World News: October Highlights

Coming up on BBC World News in-flight (Times are in GMT)


Working LivesWorking Lives

Mariko Oi meets five working women in Tokyo to assess how Shinzo Abe’s policy of “womenomics” is working. Japan has to address the twin issues of a declining birth rate and a lack of women in the work place – will it find a way?

TX times TBC


The Travel ShowThe Travel Show

In a special episode of The Travel Show, broadcast from Japan, Rajan Datar travels across the country sampling its vibrant urban culture and its more rural areas and islands, including Okinawa and Naoshima.

October 17th: 03:30, 13:30, 18:30

October 18th: 06:30


Watch the NFL In-Flight!

Who’s ready for some football…in-flight!?! Live coverage of the NFL returns to Sport 24 this week with the start of the regular 2015-2016 season.

Sport 24 - NFL

BBC World News: September Highlights

A new season of programmes starts on September 12th.

The Country Direct seasons give BBC audiences around the world the opportunity to see everyday life in one country. This September, through BBC World News programmes like Working Lives, One Square Mile and The Travel Show, the BBC’s unrivalled network of journalists will explore the issues faced by Myanmar following the introductions of democratic changes.


Working LivesWL
Working Lives explores people’s jobs and careers, and how they vary around the world. Jonah Fisher will be in Yangon meeting five people from different walks of life to draw a picture of this rapidly changing city.

September 12th: 01.30, 08.30

September 13th: 14.30, 20.30


Sport 24: Around the Clock, Around the Globe

Sport 24 offers around the clock and around the globe sports coverage to airline passengers around the world!!!

Watch The Open 2015 Live on Sport 24

Are you flying this week on a Sport 24 equipped plane? If so, you’re lucky! This week passengers can enjoy LIVE coverage of The Open at 35,000ft. Sport 24 - The Open

Coverage schedule:

Day 1: Thursday, July 16th – 0800 GMT

Day 2: Friday, July 17th – 0800 GMT

Day 3: Saturday, July 18th – 0930 GMT

Day 4: Sunday, July 19th – 1000 GMT

Check out Sport 24′s LIVE coverage schedule on the Sport 24 web site, or you can follow Sport 24 on Twitter for live updates.

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