๐Ÿ“ก First airline to offer Starlink on flights

๐Ÿ“ก First airline to offer Starlink on flights

Musk's company will offer faster connections and better coverage to Hawaiian Airlines' passengers.

Jakob Holgersson
Jakob Holgersson

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We've previously covered Starlink, Elon Musk's satellite-based internet service. The technology's proven useful to, among others, safeguard internet access to the population of Ukraine midst the ongoing war. Now we're seeing another application.

๐Ÿ›ฐ Elon Muskโ€™s satellite internet Starlink now active in Ukraine
Controlling the flow of information is vital in war. SpaceX is doing its part to tip the scales in favor of Ukraine.

On April 25, Hawaiian Airlines announced an agreement with Starlink to provide internet on board their aircraft. The intention is that it eventually should be offered free of charge to all passengers during flights between the islands and the continental U.S, Asia and Oceania. The two companies expect to begin installing hardware on select aircraft at some point next year.

Starlink isn't the first service of this type, some airlines already offer in-flight wifi from vendors such as Viasat. Starlink's ace in the hole is that they have a larger quantity of satellites in a lower orbit. This in turn should yield higher speed and lower latency as well as better coverage.

โ€œWith Starlink, the inflight experience is greatly simplified so that once passengers step onboard the plane the internet works seamlessly throughout their flight. Soon, passengers will enjoy all the benefits of having the worldโ€™s best inflight internet connectivity from the comfort of their seatsโ€, said SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller.
๐Ÿ›ฐ๏ธ Starlink Premium is on the way โ€“ Will it be the right solution for you?
SpaceX has announced the next offering for its satellite internet service. Starlink Premium promises much faster speeds and the ability to connect from anywhere, but it comes with a rather hefty price tag. Is it right for you? Letโ€™s find out!