iPads on board

TUIfly is the first European Airline testing the possibilities of Tablet use in airplanes. Passengers on medium-haul flights can rent an iPad for €9 during the evaluation phase running until the end of October this year. Users of the service will have the chance to compile their own in-flight entertainment channel and to choose between a range of current movies, kid programmes, travel magazines and radio stations. Thus, passengers can choose whatever they like on a finger tip.

TUIfly says if passengers accept the new entertainment service, TUIfly plans to provide Tablets on all flights beginning in summer 2012.

Also Australian national carrier Qantas recently started a trial with iPads for entertainment using Wi-Fi stream content on board of the a Boeing 767-300. Use cases for Tablet PCs in aircrafts can not only be seen for passengers. Thinkable is also the use of Tablets for navigation, i.e. Boeing division Jeppsen offers an iPad App for flight Navigation charts or flight attendants equipped with iPads. British Airways is testing to see whether iPads will make cabin crews helpful and more productive during loading and flights.

The trend of using Tablets in the air is just in its beginnings and provides plenty of opportunities. We keep excited.

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