iPads in seat pocket will now stream in-flight entertainment.
Australian airline Qantas will offer iPads to all of its passengers on its fleet of Boeing 767 aircraft. Yes, even coach if you were wondering.
It was reported earlier this year that Qantas carried out a trial to see if iPads could be an option for in-flight entertainment. The trial was a success and as ZDNET now reports, the iPad will now be your new flying companion -
“Following the successful trial of our QStreaming service this year, we will partner with Panasonic and use their eXW solution to provide over 200 hours of on-demand in-flight entertainment content via iPads to every passenger in Business and Economy travelling on our B767 fleet,” Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said in a statement.
The service will be free of charge and is intended to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The airline hasn’t announced yet if customers would be able to use their own tablets to access the in-flight entertainment.
With this announcement, Qantas unofficially seals its rep as the airline equivalent of the Apple fanboy. It recently announced that it will be replacing its BlackBerry smartphones in favour of iPhones and is equipping its pilots with 64GB iPads to store all of their flight manuals and reduce the amount of paperwork.
While there’s no word yet if regional airlines in the UAE will follow suit, perhaps the possibility of making future travel plans based on iPads and Nexuses instead of airline food has become slightly more real.