Free WiFi is coming to Hawaiian Airlines
The high-speed satellite Internet access will debut in 2023.
Hawaiian Airlines will finally offer inflight Internet on board, but unlike most US carriers, the service will be free for all passengers.
It’ll also be fast, Hawaiian Airlines promises, and powered by the innovative Starlink satellite network developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
With over 2,100 ‘micro-satellites’ hovering in low Earth orbit, the Starlink constellation already offers zippy home and office broadband connections – but Hawaiian Airlines is the first major airline to sign on the dotted line.
“When we launch with Starlink we will have the best connectivity experience available in the air,” says Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram.
That ‘launch’ won’t take place until 2023, with the Starlink kit being progressively installed on Hawaiian’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, along with its Airbus A330 and A321neo jets.
“We waited until technology caught up with our high standards for guest experience, but it will be worth the wait,” Ingram promises.
Hawaiian will offer its fast and free WiFi on flights between Australia, Honolulu and the US mainland, as well as Asia and many hops between the Hawaiian islands.
Passengers will be able to stream video content, play games live with friends on the ground, work and collaborate in real-time.
It’s expected the Internet connection will be available on a ‘gate-to-gate’ basis, just like inflight entertainment.
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