- SpaceX’s Deal to add Starlink IFC Service to an Air Carrier’s Fleet of JSX.
- The First Starlink In-flight Wi-Fi Service
SpaceX has announced a deal with charter carrier JSX for the first Starlink in-flight Wi-Fi service. California-based charter operator, JSX, will become the first air carrier to use SpaceX’s Starlink service on JSX flights.
The majority of JSX’s flights are between airports in California and southwestern destinations, with a fleet of 77 total Embraer 135s and 145s.
The company posted on its Twitter account that the first SpaceX-equipped plane will begin flying with Starlink’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) service this year.
“We’ll be the first to have [Starlink] on an airplane,” JSX CEO, Wilcox said. The agreement with SpaceX covers service on up to 100 airplanes. The service will allow passengers on JSX flights to access the internet using SpaceX’s satellite-based broadband internet service. This will be the first in-flight Wi-Fi service to use a satellite-based broadband connection.
SpaceX has been working on the Starlink project for several years and has launched hundreds of satellites into orbit to provide broadband internet access to remote areas.
The deal with JSX is a significant step forward for SpaceX, as it will allow the company to start generating revenue from the Starlink project. It also underscores the potential of the technology to provide high-speed internet access to airplanes.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service could be a game-changer for the aviation industry, as it would provide high-speed in-flight internet access. The deal with JSX is the first step in commercializing the technology.