iPad 2 behind Jetstar's tablet delays

Summary:Jetstar has come clean on the ongoing delays behind its in-flight iPad program.

Jetstar has come clean on the ongoing delays behind its in-flight iPad program.

Jetstar iPad

Jetstar's iPad lockscreen
(Credit: Stellar Inflight and Bluebox Avionics)

Jetstar spokesperson Jennifer Timm told ZDNet Australia today that the delay behind its in-flight iPad roll-out stemmed from a decision to equip the entire fleet with Apple's newest tablet, the iPad 2, with the airline experiencing procurement hold-ups.

The airline again declined to give a timeline for final deployment, adding only that it's in the final phase of roll out.

"We're in the final phase of introducing them. We're rolling them out on our planes as we speak," Timm said.

iPad trials began on Jetstar aircraft mid-last year with a rental cost of $10 per unit.

Following the trial, Jetstar's chief information officer Stephen Tame told ZDNet Australia that the airline was looking to deploy the iPads by December 2010. After missing the Christmas deadline, Jetstar refused to speculate further on a release timeline.

Two of the deployment partners for the iPad program accidentally leaked key details of the plan in late February, including an insight into the custom user interface, entertainment offerings and anti-theft measures.

Topics: Apple, After Hours, CXO, iPad


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