Elon Musk's Starlink Inks Deal With First Aviation Customer: What You Need to Know

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  • Elon Musk's Starlink secured its first aviation customer as Texas-based JSX has opted to use the service for inflight Internet
  • This could be the first of the many such contracts, given reports Delta is trying out the service

Tesla, Inc. TSLA CEO Elon Musk's SpaceX-owned satellite internet service Starlink has bagged its first aviation customer.

What Happened: Dallas, Texas-based independent U.S. air carrier will begin offering Starlink's internet inflight to its customers onboard for free, the company said in a tweet.

"We'd call it the best Wi-Fi in the sky, but it's actually the greatest Wi-Fi in the galaxy - coming later this year," the company said.

JSX, founded in early 2016, offers point-to-point flights between and within Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, Texas and New York. The air carrier operates Embraer ERJ-135 and ERJ-145 aircraft, retrofitted to 30 seats.

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Why It's Important: Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband internet across the globe. Since it uses advanced satellites in low orbit, a Starlink connection enables high data rate activities such as video calls, online gaming and streaming.

Starlink was recently in the spotlight when Ukraine sought the service amid the internet blackout in the nation following Russia's aggression. Musk received much appreciation for promptly responding to the call for help and making the service available in the war-torn nation.

The JSX win comes amid reports that legacy air carrier Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL is testing Starlink on its planes in a bid to offer faster and free internet for its customers on flights.

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