Jetstar flight iPads world first

Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan holds one of the Apple iPads the airline will offer...
Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan holds one of the Apple iPads the airline will offer passengers as in-flight entertainment on flights of more than two hours' duration. Photo supplied.
Passengers will soon be able to watch, read, touch, swipe and pinch on iPads to their heart's content while flying between Queenstown and Australia, Jetstar confirms.

The budget carrier announced this week it was the the first airline in the world to offer tailored technology for the device as in-flight entertainment.

Jetstar said it would begin introducing 3000 iPads on selected flights in New Zealand and Australia this week. The Apple tablets will be available across the Australian domestic, transtasman and short-haul international services from both countries in December.

Customers flying longer than two hours, which includes Queenstown to Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Cairns services, will be able to hire a device from $10-$15 per flight.

Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan unveiled the tablet plan after the airline and Tourism New Zealand revealed their $9 million marketing partnership in Asia-Pacific countries on Tuesday.

"We've worked with major motion picture houses to ensure that our customers have access to the latest-release movies, a first for the industry," he said.

"We've also collaborated with the industry and will also offer next-generation games for customers using the iPad in-flight."

The iPads will not have WiFi connectivity because of the security required for traditional content, the airline said. Customers would be unable to synchronise content with their own devices.

 

 

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