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Flexjet set to launch Starlink by SpaceX connectivity solution for Business Aviation

Engineers from Starlink and Nextant Aerospace, the engineering arm of Flexjet, successfully establish first supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Starlink in a Gulfstream G650
Engineers from Starlink and Nextant Aerospace, the engineering arm of Flexjet, successfully establish first supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Starlink in a Gulfstream G650

Flexjet is the first shared ownership jet travel provider to offer the new broadband connectivity solution from SpaceX. Enabling its passengers to conduct voice and video calls, stream video, and internet activities that require high-speed capabilities, improving an already seamless flight experience.

The introduction of Starlink is the culmination of an 18-month process that included an industrywide technology evaluation followed by a close collaboration between Flexjet, Nextant Aerospace, and Starlink.

The Federal Aviation Administration has certified Starlink’s technology for use in Flexjet’s Gulfstream G650s. Once work to install the antennas on the Gulfstream fleet is completed, work would begin to certify and install the technology Flexjet’s super-mid (Praetor 600 and Challenger 350/3500), mid (Embraer Praetor 500) and light jet (Phenom 300) fleets.

We are committed to providing the finest possible travel experience for our Owners and this includes high-quality internet access from takeoff to arrival,” said Jay Heublein, who leads Flexjet Global Maintenance and Product division. “Through Starlink, SpaceX has created the most significant technology advancement for private jet travel that we’ve seen in the last 2 decades. Reliable connectivity is vital to our Owners and for the first time, the technology exists to deliver on this expectation.”

Starlink, engineered by SpaceX, operates more than 4,500 satellites in low-Earth orbit to provide internet access all around the world, including to the most  remote and rural locations as well as to aviation and maritime users.

“As the first global business jet operator to adopt Starlink, Flexjet is leading the way in bringing a truly reliable high-speed internet solution to its aircraft owners,” said Chad Gibbs, SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink Business Operations. “Our focus from day one was to solve for the shortcomings of existing in-flight technology and ensure that Flexjet could offer a seamless connectivity solution from ground to flight and back.”