Hawaiian Airlines Offers Starlink
April 25, 2022
Airlinesbecame the first major airline inked an agreement with Starlink to
provide complimentary high-speed, low-latency broadband internet access to every
guest onboard flights between the islands and the continental U.S, Asia and
Oceania. Hawai‘i’s largest and longest-serving carrier will equip its Airbus
A330 and A321neo aircraft, as well as an incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s, with
Starlink’s industry leading satellite internet connectivity service.
“When we launch with Starlink we will have the best connectivity experience
available in the air,” said Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram.
“We waited until technology caught up with our high standards for guest
experience, but it will be worth the wait. Our guests can look forward to fast,
seamless and free Wi-Fi to complement our award-winning onboard Hawaiian
“Hawaiian Airlines is ensuring its passengers will experience high-speed
internet the way we expect it in the 21st century, making hassles like
downloading movies before takeoff a relic of the past,” said SpaceX Vice
President of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller. “With 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 world’s best inflight
internet connectivity from the comfort of their seats.”
Starlink‘s low-Earth orbit constellation of advanced satellites, the latest of
which utilize a revolutionary laser mesh network, Hawaiian found an ideal
solution to ensure reliable, high-speed, low-latency connectivity on
transpacific flights. Guests will be able to stream content, play games live
with friends on the ground, work and collaborate in real-time, plan their
Hawai‘i vacation, or share their special island moments on social media.
Connecting to the internet will be seamless when guests walk on board, without
registration pages or payment portals.
Hawaiian and Starlink are in the initial stages of implementation and expect to
begin installing the product on select aircraft next year. Hawaiian is not
currently planning to deploy the service on its Boeing 717 aircraft that operate
short flights between the Hawaiian Islands.