Coffee, Tea or Apple iPad mini? Hawaiian Airlines offers passengers the tablet to use on 14 flights
posted by Alan F. / Aug 30, 2013, 3:59 AM
Starting September 1st, Hawaiian Airlines will be offering the Apple iPad mini as an entertainment option on all 14 of its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft. A company called Bluebox Avionics, a provider of inflight entertainment solutions, will provide 1,500 iPad minis on 14 B767 aircraft serving 14 routes between Hawaii and the U.S., Asia and the South Pacific.
The Apple iPad mini will provide users with more than 100 hours of movies, television shows (you might want to skip LOST) and games. The tablets are free to those in Business Class on all B767 routes. In Economy Class, the slates are $15 if reserved at the gate prior to takeoff, or $17 in-flight. Of course, renting the iPad mini is subject to availability on flights covering North America, Brisbane, and Pago Pago.
The Apple iPad also has found itself useful in the cockpit as the FAA has allowed UAL and American Airlines to replace hundreds of charts and manuals with a pilot wielded iPad. By removing a large amount of heavy paper with a fairly light weight tablet, the airline could actually save a lot of money on jet fuel over the course of a year since the aircraft would be carrying less weight and thus require less fuel to fly.
"Hawaiian Airlines' signature on-board hospitality is already very popular with travelers, but we wanted to go even further to ensure our customers' travel experience is more enjoyable. With the help of Bluebox Avionics, we're building on our acclaimed inflight serice Preisdent of ProducVoice by incorporating the latest in popular consumer tech products to enhance our in-flight entertainment options."-Blaine Miyasato, VP of Product Development, Hawaiian Airlines
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai'i's largest and longest serving airline, will lift its award-winning in-flight service on September 1 when it becomes the only U.S. carrier to offer the Apple iPad mini on all of its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
The airline has contracted Bluebox Avionics, a global provider of portable In-flight Entertainment (IFE) solutions to airline carriers, to deploy 1,500 iPad minis on 14 B767 aircraft serving 14 routes between Hawai'i and the U.S. Mainland, Asia and South Pacific. The iPad minis will replace all current portable entertainment systems on all of Hawaiian Airlines' B767 routes.
"Hawaiian Airlines' signature on-board hospitality is already very popular with travelers, but we wanted to go even further to ensure our customers' travel experience is more enjoyable," said Blaine Miyasato, Hawaiian Airlines vice president of product development. "With the help of Bluebox Avionics, we're building on our acclaimed inflight service by incorporating the latest in popular consumer tech products to enhance our in-flight entertainment options."
With the iPad mini, Hawaiian Airlines travelers can enjoy more than 100 hours of the latest Hollywood releases, television shows, and a variety of exciting interactive games at their fingertips. The iPad minis are complimentary in Business Class on all B767 routes and available for rent in Economy Class for $15 if reserved at departure gate prior to boarding ($17 if purchased in-flight), subject to availability, on North America, Brisbane, and Pago Pago routes.
"We are delighted to be working with Hawaiian Airlines as our first U.S. client to deploy the Bluebox Ai IFE solution on the iPad mini," said David Brown, joint managing director of Bluebox Avionics. "At Bluebox Avionics, we understand the importance of the need for high-quality passenger experience aboard the aircraft, and we are also well-tuned to providing capabilities that are simple and efficient for our airline partners to manage."
Hawaiian Airlines currently operates the wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 aircraft between Honolulu and Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Seattle, Phoenix in the U.S.; Fukuoka and Sendai, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Brisbane, Australia; Papeete, Tahiti; and Pago Pago, American Samoa. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines B767 routes also include service between Kahului, Maui and San Jose, Oakland and Seattle.
Hawaiian Airlines is also the only carrier flying between the U.S. Mainland and Hawai'i to offer complimentary meals in Economy Class. Adding to the enjoyment of the travel experience on Hawaiian Airlines is the carrier's signature onboard hospitality program, Mea Ho'okipa (translation: I am host). Travelers will enjoy island-style complimentary meals and made-in-Hawai'i snacks to go along with Hawaiian Airlines' engaging presentation of the islands' culture, people and Aloha Spirit throughout the flight.
They should have opted for the 2013 Nexus 7. It's cheaper and much better on the hardware specifications. I doubt they're that tech savvy though. Isn't the airline industry in a financial strait? Why are they hurting their budgets more with this kind of stuff lol.
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