October 19 2023  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Qatar Airways picks Starlink for IFC

By Alex Preston

Qatar Airways is the largest airline which is set to offer Starlink’s service on specified aircraft and routes

Qatar Airways has become the latest and largest airline to collaborate with Starlink with the announcement it intends to roll out a complimentary high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity experience onboard specific aircraft and routes.

Once the service is active, passengers will be able to enjoy ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 Megabits per second which can be used for a variety of internet-based services such as video streaming their favourite entertainment and sports videos, gaming, enriched web-browsing and much more.

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

“Qatar Airways 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,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker.

"With Starlink set to support the entire Qatar Airways fleet, passengers travelling between more than 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,” added SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller.

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