Qatar Airways has partnered with Elon Musk’s Starlink to offer inflight internet access on selected aircraft and routes. Passengers will have access to Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 megabits per second using the Starlink satellite communications system. The airline will become the largest to adopt the Starlink network, although it has not yet been operational on flights. Qatar Airways plans to eventually use Starlink across its entire fleet. Other airlines, such as JSX, Hawaiian Airlines, airBaltic, and ZIPAIR, have also signed up to use Starlink for inflight internet access.
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Qatar Airways and Elon Musk’s Starlink have joined forces to offer in-flight internet access on selected aircraft and routes. Passengers will have ‘One-Click-Access’ and enjoy Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 megabits per second. The network will be powered by SpaceX’s Starlink satellite communications system.
This partnership makes Qatar Airways the largest airline to adopt the Starlink network, although it is not yet operational on flights. Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating that it aligns with their commitment to technological adoption and provides a unique opportunity to connect Starlink with their global passengers.
While Qatar Airways mentioned that Starlink will initially be available only on specified aircraft and routes, there have been suggestions that it will eventually be used across their entire fleet.
SpaceX’s vice president of Starlink Commercial Sales, Jonathan Hofeller, emphasized that with Starlink’s support, Qatar Airways passengers traveling to over 160 destinations worldwide will have access to advanced high-speed internet service from space. The internet will work seamlessly throughout the flight, from gate to gate, and passengers can enjoy it from the comfort of their seats.
Fun Fact: SpaceX’s Starlink constellation aims to provide global broadband coverage from space using thousands of interconnected satellites.
Other airlines like JSX, Hawaiian Airlines, airBaltic, and ZIPAIR have also signed up to use Starlink on their flights.
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