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Coffee, Tea or Apple iPad mini? Hawaiian Airlines offers passengers the tablet to use on 14 flights

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Coffee, Tea or Apple iPad mini? Hawaiian Airlines offers passengers the tablet to use on 14 flights
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

source: 9to5Mac via Engadget
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posted on 30 Aug 2013, 04:29

1. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)

Wait... Are you saying the aircrafts became so light just because there isnt papers anymore?

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 04:44

2. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2195; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)

thats the aloha spirit! ipad mini for passengers, for a couple of hrs.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 05:05

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Good offerings for a hour or two.

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 06:20 1

4. Sauce (unregistered)

MUCH better than the same f*cking issues of "Sky Mall".

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 10:50

5. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

I would much prefer the coffee, please...

posted on 30 Aug 2013, 16:45

6. JMartin22 (Posts: 2013; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)

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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