Connected Aircraft

March 18, 2020
March 19, 2020


150, rue Pierre Gilles de Gennes 31670 TOULOUSE – LABEGE FRANCE



Although a new event for 2019, what sets this apart from the other “Connected” events is that it will be the ONLY event that is already running alongside an established AVIONICS event that has attracted over 1000 compatible attendees for over 10 years. A combination of these TWO events will ensure the HIGHEST level of AIRLINE attendance  and the STRONGEST conference programm outside the USA. 

Our inaugrual event aims to add new dimensions to the established connectivity themes of IFC and IFEC – by including AI, VR, IoT, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Flight Tracking, Flight Operations and MRO applications.

Airline operators around the world are increasingly deploying satellite and broadband-based solutions on their aircraft to keep-up with passenger demand for inflight connectivity (IFC). These systems can also provide enhanced flight operations by enabling real time data sharing with ground based operations teams.

According to recent research from the London School of Economics (LSE) there are 3.8 billion passengers flying annually with only around 25% of aircraft in the air offering passengers some form of onboard broadband connectivity service. This service is often of variable quality, with patchy coverage, slow speeds and low data limits.

By 2035, it is likely that IFC will be ubiquitous across the world as aircraft become smarter, fully connected machines, and with new services being introduced to benefit the passenger experience, grow revenues for airlines and improve safety. However, to achieve these goals it relies on reliable and seamless connectivity – from the cabin to the cockpit.

According to Inmarsat the connected aircraft can transmit data in real-time to reveal insights that could transform operations, potentially saving $5.6bn a year in unplanned maintenance costs. Connectivity enables airlines to bring dramatic, yet cost effective enhancements to the passenger experience – and to take advantage of the new revenue streams that accompany them.

From charging passengers to use a broadband Wi-Fi service to opportunities for highly relevant, targeted advertising specific to the passenger or their travel needs. The duty-free experience could also be transformed, with passengers ordering products from their phones and tablets and arranging to have them delivered to their homes, or the hotel on arrival at their destination.

Connectivity to the ground means passengers can change their onward transit plans to accommodate for changes to their flight, while they’re still in the air.

Aviation is a multi-billion dollar industry, but few airlines have achieved proper IFE personalisation, yet they are spending millions on new IFE products – but only using 5% of its potential.

“21% of travellers have abandoned their preferred airline for another with better inflight Wi-Fi”


61% of passengers see high-quality inflight Wi-Fi availability as more important to them than onboard entertainment

Broadband-enabled ancillary revenue is expected to reach an estimated $30 billion for airlines by 2035

“The number of connected aircraft will grow from around 5,000 in 2015 to 23,100 by 2025”


Connectivity provides a window for operators to maximize the potential capability of their aircraft, while reducing downtime and cost.

Better connectivity should also make maintenance, repair, and overhaul operations more efficient by transmitting live data about an aircraft’s structural health, which can then be analysed to keep repair time to a minimum.


  • Airline executives, directors, avionics managers, IT managers, maintenance and engineering staff, analysts, flight operations managers and cabin IFE / passenger experience staff
  • Operators
  • Aircraft OEMs and integrators
  • Government representatives from the FAA and surrounding agencies
  • Program managers in charge of wifi, entertainment, and other customer experience products
  • In-flight entertainment companies and connectivity component manufacturers
  • Communications directors and experts
  • IT directors and managers in satellite, aviation, and aerospace
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Aviation, software, and technical engineers
  • Satellite operators and manufacturers
  • Business development leaders
  • Connectivity suppliers (hardware, service providers, neutral connectivity performance analysts)
  • Content supply chain participants
  • Cyber security experts
  • Cabin interior designers & seating manufacturers
  • Passenger experience experts


The Conference programme is developed and managed in conjunction with the following Industry experts to ensure the HIGHEST calibre of programme and delegates. 

  • Henk Hof, Head of ICAO and Concept Unit – Strategy Division, EUROCONTROL
  • Philippe Lievin, EuMEA Senior Director of Marketing and Strategy, Rockwell Collins
  • Murray Skelton, Director of Aircraft Solution Strategy, Teledyne Controls
  • John Bradshaw, Global Product Manager – Aerospace Sensing & Controls, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Alexander Grous, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • Steve Bogie, Managing Director, Operations IT, Air Canada
  • Woodrow Bellamy,Associate Editor, Avionics Magazine
  • Chris Bigwood, Senior Solutions Architect – Connected Aircraft, Honeywell
  • Mark ter Hove, Director, Air Transport Satcom, Cobham SATCOM
  • Alex Holt, Senior Brand Manager, Aeronautical, Cobham SATCOM
  • Anthony Spouncer, Snr Director – Global Operational Services, Inmarsat

If you would like to be considered, or nominate someone suitable, for the committee then please contact Neil Walker via

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Below is the latest FLOORPLAN of Exhibitors and click to ALSO see the other parts of the shared Floorpan – (1) AVIONICS EXPO & (2) AERO TESTING EXPO.



Exhibitors will be showcasing the following technologies from their booths.

  • Air-to-ground communications and Satcom
  • Flightdeck connectivity (IFC)
  • Cabin connectivity for the passengers (IFEC)
  • Connected EFBs
  • Internet of things (IoT) for aviation
  • Artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Intelligent and integrated sensors
  • Flight tracking
  • Cybersecurity
  • Application disrupters
  • Aircraft IT
  • Blockchain
  • The paperless aircraft
  • Voice activated and wearable technologies
  • Mobile maintenance Apps