Elon Musk says SpaceX in talks with airlines to provide Starlink internet service

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Elon Musk says SpaceX in talks with airlines to provide Starlink internet service

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk disclosed in a tweet Thursday morning that he is in talks with airlines to provide Starlink internet for in-flight Wi-Fi service.

"We are talking to airlines about installing Starlink," Musk said, referring to the satellite-based internet service project of his aerospace manufacturer and space organization, SpaceX. "Please let them know if you want it on your airliner."

He did not disclose which airlines are currently in these talks.

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SpaceX said in April 2020 that it was starting Starlink to "provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity across the globe, including to locations where internet has traditionally been too expensive, unreliable, or entirely unavailable," with a goal of using a web of orbital satellites "generally invisible to the naked eye within a week of launch."

In October 2020, Musk announced the internet service would be available for beta testing throughout areas in the United States where access to high-speed service was still scarce.

The announcement from Musk followed an email to users in June touting the company's "Better Than Nothing Beta" service, which was priced at $99 a month following a one-time upfront fee of $499 for the Starlink kit.

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SpaceX disclosed in a public filing in February that Starlink had over 10,000 users in the U.S. and abroad.

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