Starting sometime this month, Australian Airline Jetstar Airways will offer the iPad for passengers to rent for $10 on selected domestic routes. The iPad provided on the flight will have movies and television programs as well as games, e-books and music.
Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan said he expected the iPads to prove very popular onboard.
“Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,” Mr Buchanan said in the statement.
“Based on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, we’ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.”
The company says the system will even allows for the iPad to be used during take-off and landing, when other electronic devices have to be shut off.
It is currently under trial and if it is successful, it might become standard on all flights.
It does make you wonder if US Airlines will consider a similar trail? A lot of airlines have cut back on the in-flight entertainment on domestic flights. It does make sense to rent out iPads that are light and are, if not bigger, almost the same size as a standard in-flight tv screen.
Is anyone listening????