SpaceX, is reportedly in talks with “several” airlines in a bid to provide their crafts with WiFi via the company’s growing internet satellite network, Starlink.
They have our own aviation product in development… they’ve already done some demonstrations to date, and looking to get that product finalized to be put on aircraft in the very near future. The company is in the midst of a Starlink beta phase that promises up to 100Mbps download and 20Mbps upload speeds, with tens of thousands of users so far. Most are paying $99 per month for internet under that beta, using a $499 bundle of a self-aligning Starlink dish and Wi-Fi router.
Amazon recently announced plans for a 3,000 satellite-strong low orbit mega-constellation of its own, and the UK’s OneWeb has already launched 182 of a roughly 640 planned satellites. “All in all, passengers and customers want a great experience that the systems simply cannot provide. So it’s going to be up to the individual airline whether they want to be responsive to that, or if they’re okay with having a system that is not as responsive to their customers’ demand,” Hofeller said on the panel