Hawaiian Airlines to Introduce Free High-Speed Starlink Internet Connectivity on Transpacific Fleet
Hawaiian Airlines has signed an agreement with Starlink to provide complimentary high-speed internet access for all guests traveling from the islands to the U.S. mainland, Asia and Oceania. The carrier’s fleet of A330s, A320neos and 787-9s will feature the service.
On Monday (April 25, 2022), Hawaiian Airlines announced that they have become the first major airline to sign an agreement with Starlink to provide complimentary high-speed broadband internet onboard their transpacific fleet of Airbus A330s and A321neos, as well as an incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The industry-leading satellite internet connectivity will be available on flights from the islands to the continental U.S., Asia and Oceania. Starlink’s low-Earth orbit constellation of advanced satellites utilizes a revolutionary laser mesh network, which will provide Hawaiian Airlines with reliable high-speed low-latency connectivity on transpacific flights. Guests will soon be able to seamlessly connect to the internet from the moment they board without registration pages or payment portals. Hawaiian Airlines and Starlink are currently working on the initial stages of implementation, with installation expected on select aircraft next year.
In Monday’s announcement, Hawaiian Airlines’ President and CEO, Peter Ingram, said,
“When we launch with Starlink we will have the best connectivity experience available in the air. 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 hospitality.”
Also commenting on their new collaboration with Hawaiian Airlines, SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales, Jonathan Hofeller, said,
“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. 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.”
Hawaiian® Airlines, Hawai’i’s hometown airline, has been the number one U.S. carrier for on-time performance for the past 18 years (2004-2021). The carrier has been in business for 93 years and is Hawaiʻi’s largest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian Airlines offers approximately 130 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands and daily nonstop service to 16 U.S. mainland gateways. Additionally, the carrier connects Honolulu with American Samoa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti. Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).
Source: Hawaiian Airlines