July 5, 2022

What you need to know

  • Hawaiian Airlines has partnered with Starlink to provide in-flight “high-speed, low-latency” Wi-Fi.
  • Starlink’s satellite internet connectivity service will launch on the airline carrier’s Airbus A330, A321neo, and upcoming Boeing 787-9 aircrafts.
  • The service will be installed on aircrafts in 2023.

While Elon Musk is busy securing his $44 billion purchase of Twitter, his other company, SpaceX, is focused on trying to make our lives (or at least our commutes) just a little bit better. Hawaiian Airlines announced this week that it has entered a partnership with Starlink to provide in-flight broadband on several of its aircraft.

The deal is the first between Starlink and a major airline carrier (charter airline company JSX recently announced a similar partnership) and will provide passengers with “high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access” on flights between the Hawaiian islands, the U.S., Oceania, and Asia. The connection will be seamless, and passengers won’t have to deal with registration pages or payment portals that are common on many airlines. The best part: the service will be available to passengers for free, unlike other in-flight Wi-Fi services that come at an additional cost.