Aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Canada will use SpaceX’s Starlink internet on its Dash 8-400 aircraft.
The Toronto, Ontario-based company announced that it will use Starlink’s satellite services for in-flight Wi-Fi, providing customers with high-speed, low-latency Internet access not available from other satellite systems. or air-to-ground. De Havilland Canada says this is Starlink’s first agreement with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
“The lightweight, aerodynamic form factor of the Starlink antenna allows for more durable operation with fuel savings not possible with other legacy systems,” the company said in a statement. Press release.
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Earlier today, we launched new cabin enhancement features that increase the flexibility of the Dash 8-400. This includes a first-of-its-kind collaboration with @SpaceX‘s Starlink to enable high-speed internet on DHC aircraft.https://t.co/7Ji4o601tY pic.twitter.com/bipXxwX2WD
— De Havilland Aircraft of Canada (@dehavillandAIR) July 19, 2022
The deal is part of updates the company is making to the aircraft to “improve customer appeal”.
“As we strive to restart production of the Dash 8-400 aircraft, our design weight increases and cabin upgrades, which are available to retrofit aircraft in service, illustrate the continued commitment and investment de Havilland Canada to support the global fleet,” said Jean-Philippe Côté, Vice President of Corporate Programs, said.
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