OPUL Jets upgrades fleet with SpaceX’s Starlink Aviation connectivity


OPUL Jets' Bombardier Global Express XRS will be its first jet to be fitted with the Starlink system. (Photocredit: OPUL Jets).

Private jet charter provider OPUL Jets is ungrading its fleet with SpaceX’s Starlink Aviation connectivity system. Revealing the new partnership at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland, the upgrade will equip OPUL Jets’ compatible fleet with the latest in satellite internet technology, said the company.

“Integrating Starlink technology into our fleet represents a transformative step for OPUL Jets and places us among the leading private jet companies globally,” said Harry Ackerman, group CEO. “Our commitment to providing a superior travel experience aligns perfectly with the capabilities of Starlink, ensuring that our passengers can stay connected to what matters most, wherever they are in the world.”

The Starlink system promises download speeds ranging from 40-220 Mbps and upload speeds of 8-25 Mbps, with latency under 99 milliseconds. This allows passengers to stay connected whether they’re conducting business, watching live events, or just browsing the web. “With this installation, OPUL Jets passengers can enjoy high-speed internet with low-latency and seamless access to streaming, live sports, movies and more during flights,” claims the charter company.

The charter provider’s fleet includes Bombardier mid-size, super mid-size, and ultra-long-range jets operating from bases in London, Dubai, Mumbai, and the Isle of Man. First to receive the Starlink system will be company’s Bombardier Global Express XRS, which has an intercontinental range of 6,500nm. The new Starlink internet service will begin this month aboard an aircraft operated by AV8Jet Charter, Malta.

Installation of the Starlink hardware will be completed during routine maintenance checks to avoid disruption in service. Each aircraft will be fitted with an Aero Terminal (the antenna), a power supply unit, and two wireless access points, all interconnected with minimal, basic wire harnessing. The installation was carried out by ACC Columbia, Germany and supported by Starlink Aviation’s technical team.

Starlink uses a constellation of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to deliver stable and high-throughput internet connections.