Virgin enters in-flight tablet test phase

Summary:Virgin Australia is kicking off the first phase of its new in-flight entertainment program this week, which sees the airline deploying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into selected business-class cabins.

in brief Virgin Australia is kicking off the first phase of its new in-flight entertainment program this week, which sees the airline deploying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 into selected business-class cabins.

Virgin Blue plane

(31.08.2008 image by David McKelvey, CC2.0)

According to the airline, the trial will run through to Monday, 30 April 2012 on selected Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 aircraft flights. The Samsung tablets will be preloaded with video and audio content for use in-flight.

The trial will then enter a second stage in May, enabling passengers outside of business class to get their hands on a device. Passengers who purchase a Flexi Fare seat will be able to rent the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for an as yet undisclosed fee on flights of over three hours.

The deployment of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a precursor to the next phase of Virgin Australia's new in-flight entertainment plan to deploy Wi-Fi media-streaming services developed by Lufthansa Systems into the aircraft cabin later this year.

Topics: Samsung, Mobility, Travel Tech

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