Passengers can rent Apple’s tablet device for $12, to watch movies, play games and read books.

AUSTRALIAN budget carrier Jetstar is looking into using Apple’s iPad as an inflight entertainment option, with trials commencing in the last 2 weeks of June.

The tablet device will be offered on a $10 AUD (S$11.90) rental basis, and will come loaded with movies, TV programs, eBooks, music videos, games and CDs.

Trials will begin on selected domestic Australian routes first, with some 30 iPads placed on each aircraft, an airline spokesperson told AsiaOne.

This will help guage demand, for evaluating a roll out on Jetstar’s entire domestic network and international flights later this year.

Jetstar will team up with Bluebox Avionics and Stellar Inflight, specialists in inflight entertainment solutions, to deliver the trial.

“We are really excited to commence the trial of the iPads, as we’re always looking for ways to enhance our customer’s Jetstar experience,” Mr Bruce Buchanan, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer said.

“Given the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers.

“In addition to offering low fares, great customer service and more choice, it’s important that we can provide the latest in innovative technology to entertain our customers on board,” he added.


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