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OPUL ups connectivity through Starlink deal
The Starlink system promises download speeds ranging from 40 to 220Mbps and upload speeds of 8 to 25Mbps, with latency under 99 milliseconds. This allows passengers to stay connected for business and live events.
Installation of the Starlink hardware is typically completed during routine maintenance checks to avoid disruption in service.
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OPUL Jets, a private jet charter provider, has made a significant upgrade to its fleet through a new partnership with SpaceX’s aerospace division Starlink Aviation. This strategic move will equip OPUL Jets’ compatible fleet with the latest in satellite internet technology, providing connectivity to passengers.

Starlink Aviation is said to be at the forefront of satellite internet solutions and is aims to revolutionise inflight connectivity. 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.

OPUL Jets has a fleet comprising Bombardier mid-size, super mid-size, and ultra long range jets, which operate from strategically located bases in London, Dubai, Mumbai and the Isle of Man.

The Starlink system promises download speeds ranging from 40 to 220Mbps and upload speeds of 8 to 25Mbps, with latency under 99 milliseconds. This allows passengers to stay connected whether they are conducting business, watching live events, or browsing the web.

OPUL Jets has installed the Starlink system initially onto its Bombardier Global Express XRS, which is operated by AV8Jet Charter in Malta. This jet is ideal for intercontinental journeys with a 6,500nm range. The 16-passenger configuration offers a comfortable working and leisure environment with onboard catering facilities.

“Integrating Starlink technology into our fleet represents a transformative step for OPUL Jets and places us among the leading private jet companies globally,” says 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.”

Installation of the Starlink hardware is seamless and efficient, typically completed during routine maintenance checks to avoid any 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 in Germany and supported by the Starlink technical team.

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