Elon Musk's SpaceX Just Inked A Deal With Hawaiian Airlines To Provide Free Wi-Fi On Planes With Starlink
· Apr 25, 2022 · NottheBee.com

In an Elon Musk-heavy news cycle, don't let this one get lost in the weeds.

SpaceX just signed its first deal with a major US airline to provide free WiFi for passengers.

First, we lose the masks on planes, and now we might be getting free WiFi thanks to Elon.

From Daily Wire:

Elon Musk's SpaceX has signed its first ever deal with a major U.S. airline to provide wireless internet to passengers for free using the Starlink satellite network.

The deal with Hawaiian Airlines, which could be implemented as soon as next year, is expected to increase pressure on rival airlines to provide free Wi-Fi for passengers.

"Hawaiian doesn't currently offer inflight Wi-Fi and has an extensive network of flights over the Pacific Ocean, serving the mainland U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand, among other destinations, from Hawaii," CNBC reported. "It plans to offer Starlink connectivity on its flights out of its home state to cities throughout the mainland U.S. and to its international destinations."

If I am on a trans-Pacific flight from Hawaii to Australia, it would be so much more enjoyable if we could have internet on our phones.

"But Vandy!" you say, "I'm never going to fly Hawaiian, why do I care?"

It's economics, ladies and gentlemen.

Avi Mannis, Hawaiian's chief marketing and communications officer, said that there were "certification issues" that needed to processed before the airline could use Starlink.

"Historically, we've looked at our market and not seen great options over the Pacific. We actually don't have any connectivity on our fleet today," said Mannis. "The options have been improving over time, but we have waited until there was a product offering … that we thought would live up to the expectations of our guests."

Jonathan Hofeller, vice president of Starlink commercial sales at SpaceX, said in a statement that Hawaiian Airlines "was 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."

This innovation starts with Hawaiian Airlines, but it will spread.

Flying is one of the greatest things to ever exist, and anything to make the experience more enjoyable is fine by me.

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