Musk’s Starlink inks deal with Hawaiian Airlines for in-flight internet

Hawaiian Airlines airplanes sit idle on the runway at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Garcia

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April 25 (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s Starlink signed a deal with Hawaiian Airlines Inc (HA.O) on Monday to provide the carrier’s trans-Pacific fleet with in-flight wireless internet, the airline said.

The wireless internet is expected to be installed on select aircraft next year, Hawaiian said adding that both the companies are in the initial stages of implementing the service.

The carrier will equip its Airbus A330 and A321neo aircraft, as well as an incoming fleet of Boeing 787-9s with Starlink’s satellite internet connectivity service, it added.

Hawaiian said it is not currently planning to deploy the service on its Boeing 717 aircraft that operate short flights between the Hawaiian Islands.

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Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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