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Does the airline industry even need another in-flight Wi-Fi provider? French aircraft company Thales thinks so. And if its entry into the market helps drive costs down and speeds up service, we're all for it.


The battle to deliver Internet to your airplane seat got a little bit hotter last week, despite that fact that Gogo still isn’t profitable and several other parties have tried and failed.

Thales, the French aircraft company that is traditionally associated with cabin and seat design, just announced that it plans to launch its own satellite-based Wi-Fi service with Luxembourg-based operator SES.

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The service would initially only operate over Europe starting next summer (where a host of other companies already offer service) but with a new satellite in 2020, Thales will also be able to target North American consumers.

Hopefully the new competition will motivate Gogo, Panasonic and ViaSat to double down on innovation. As it is, inflight Internet is still too slow.


I think @Gogo should add in screeching modem sounds when you connect, because more often than not it’s slower than 1992 dial up

– @thepointsguy | Brian Kelly, The Points Guy



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Photo credit: French firm Thales will offer an in-flight Wi-Fi product for airlines in Europe and the Americas. Thales

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