Qatar Airways kicks it up a notch with Starlink collaboration

Qatar Airways kicks it up a notch with Starlink collaboration
Edited by Travel Weekly


    Qatar Airways is now the largest airline to collaborate with Starlink and in the future, will roll out complimentary internet connection onboard specific aircraft and routes.

    Once the service is active, passengers will be able to enjoy the Wi-Fi for a variety of internet-based services such as video streaming entertainment and sports videos, gaming, web-browsing and more.

    The high-speed and low-latency network is powered by the Starlink satellite communications system – the satellite internet constellation which is engineered and operated by SpaceX. Qatar Airways and Starlink are currently in the pre-launch phase of the rollout strategy across Qatar Airways fleet.

    Starlink satellite dish, an internet constellation operated by SpaceX. (iStock – AntaresNS)

    Qatar Airways Group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said his airline is proud to announce its agreement with Starlink to provide seamless and complimentary Wi-Fi to its global passengers.

    “This exciting collaboration is not only in line with our industry-leading approach to technological adoption, but also serves as an unmissable opportunity to connect Starlink to our global passengers. We look forward to our passengers benefitting from this state-of-the-art addition to Qatar Airways’ in-flight experience,” Al Baker said.

    SpaceX’s vice president of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller added: “Qatar Airways continues to lead the way prioritizing the passenger experience.

    “With Starlink set to support the entire Qatar Airways fleet, passengers travelling between over 160 destinations around the world will be able to stay connected with the most advance high-speed internet service from space. In fact, as soon as passengers step onboard the plane the internet works seamlessly throughout their flight from gate to gate, and all from the comfort of their seats.”

    Starlink is also being implemented by JSX, Hawaiian Airlines, airBaltic, and ZIPAIR.

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