revolution, or internet revolution, of communications revolution, has been enormously beneficial to commercial aviation.
It slashed the costs of distribution through on-line booking engines only about a decade after the so-called legacy global distribution systems reached about 95% of their current functionality.
These two developments made it easier for consumers to buy and fly, especially if they had half a brain. It also streamlined a lot of money eating 'back office' functions for those airlines smart enough to exploit them, as history tells, they were mainly the low cost carriers in the first instance, although all carriers of substance are doing that today.
Because the costs of flying have fallen quite dramatically within Europe, North America, Australia and SE
Asia and economic activity has largely improved, we are seeing exceptional growth in much of the industry parallel with rather than in spite of improvements in communications.
Anyone who has even seen Bill Gates give a demo of how Microsoft is reducing the need for in person communications because of its brilliance...AND
THEN SEEN THE WHOLE DEMO FREEZE will know that we are a long way from having a satisfactory alternative from the IT
industry except for comparatively minor or brief events.
If you take this wholistic view, that communications developments have added to the common wealth, then they have undoubtedly been very good for commercial aviation because more people can afford to fly..and as the figures show, they are.
You will also see the latest improvements in in flight communications turn into a money making opportunity for carriers as they install send and receive sms and email systems right up to in flight web browsing.