Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

Summary: iPads have become something of an interest to airlines, and Australia's Jetstar Airways is no exception.

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It's always refreshing to see airlines step up their tech offerings, whether it be Wi-Fi access or more satellite TV channels. iPads have become something of an interest to airlines, and Jetstar Airways is no exception.

The Australian carrier has actually been working on this as a trial program since last summer, and iPad rentals were only $10 per flight.

The full-fledged iPad rental service will commence this April on A320 aircrafts operating in Australia and Asia. Each slate will come pre-loaded with movies, music, games, magazines and books. Hopefully that $10 rental price sticks, and it would be very nice if some airlines would follow suit stateside. (My money would be on Virgin America if any carrier was going to start something like that in the United States.)

[via CrunchGear]

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  • RE: Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

    It would depend on the available movies. I could picture watching movie on it, as opposed to the 7 inch screens that are overhead on some planes. What would be really cool is; if there was a bracket, in the rear of the seats, to hold the iPad.
    Rick_K
  • RE: Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

    And the airlines wonder why they are losing money, this is a good reason why.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

      @Loverock Davidson -- What reason is that?
      bkshort@...
      • RE: Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

        @bkshort@?
        Ignore Loverock, He/she is a troll that will find something wrong, unless everyone uses Windows 100% of the time.
        Rick_K
    • Of course

      Everyone should buy and install Microsoft Windows.
      Robert Hahn
  • RE: Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

    "The full-fledged iPad rental service will commence this April on A320 aircrafts"

    The plural of "aircraft" is "aircraft".
    yonian
  • RE: Jetstar Airways bringing iPad rentals to friendly skies

    This will also be a neat service for passenger planes that are not equipped with pre-installed individual seat monitors. Short-haul flights have little use of those. Tablet devices like the iPad or the Galaxy Tab for rental can provide an interesting diversion, however briefly.

    The A320 is the jumbo-jet of our times, equipped with every amenity one could reasonably want during a trans-oceanic flight. Renting an iPad (and allowing people who have their own to connect to the in-flight network) is only fitting, provided the engineers have already accounted for the extra weight and bulk of those 100s of tablets.
    Tech watcher