• Video, photos: Qantas puts iPad 2 in flight across Boeing 767 fleet

    Qantas will put an Apple iPad 2 in every seat on planes in its domestic Boeing 767 fleet, using wireless streaming to beam movies, TV shows and music to the tablets. The airline's 'Q Streaming' system, which was trialled on a single aircraft earlier this year, will be rolled out across the 767 f...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2012 9 Comments

  • Scoot to use iPads, WiFi for in-flight entertainment

    Singapore start-up airline Scoot will opt for iPads instead of conventional in-seat video screens when the low-cost carrier launches next month. The iPads will be handed out free to passengers in ScootBiz business class, and available for travellers in economy to hire (sources tell us that Scoot...

    POSTED 16 May, 2012 0 Comments

  • United: wifi Internet & streaming video for Aussie Boeing 747s

    United Airlines plans to launch inflight Internet on its Boeing 747 flights between Australia and the US this year, along with the introduction of streaming video and music for passenger's own devices such as tablets and laptops. The airline will begin rolling out a fleet-wide upgrade for wirele...

    POSTED 15 Mar, 2012 4 Comments

  • iPad takes flight: are tablets the new face of in-flight media?

    Anybody who’s set foot on a plane in the past two years would find it hard to argue against the iPad as a new wave for personal in-flight entertainment. Apple’s sexy touchscreen tablet is also becoming increasingly noticeable in airport lounges  and even the long lines for custo...

    POSTED 5 Mar, 2012 7 Comments

  • Virgin Australia CEO: Samsung Galaxy Tab is better than iPad

    While Qantas has opted for Apple's iPad as the testbed for its  tablet-based Q Streaming in-flight entertainment system, Virgin Australia is putting its money on the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet. The Galaxy Tab, which Apple attempted to ban from being sold&n...

    POSTED 24 Feb, 2012 5 Comments

  • Video & review: Qantas' in-flight wireless iPad system in action

    Qantas is running the world’s first trial of the iPad as an in-flight entertainment system with movies and music streamed to each device over Wi-Fi, rather than being stored on the tablet itself. The ‘Q Streaming’ system is built around Lufthansa’s BoardConnect technology...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2012 15 Comments

  • Qantas' in-flight iPads and 'Q Streaming': behind the scenes

    Earlier this week Australian Business Traveller got hands-on with Qantas’ ‘Q Streaming’ system, which lets passengers use an iPad for in-flight entertainment. [Click here to read our review and browse a photo gallery of Qantas’ Q Streaming app]  After our flight we ...

    POSTED 3 Feb, 2012 6 Comments

  • Qantas starts trial of Apple iPad for in-flight movies, music

    Qantas has begun using Apple’s iPad for in-flight entertainment, with all passengers in economy and business being provided with an iPad 2 for the duration of the flight. Update: read our hands-on review of the Qantas iPads The trial, originally slated for late last year, will run through...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2012 16 Comments

  • Virgin Australia: wi-fi movies & music for tablets, laptops

    Virgin Australia will launch its new in-flight entertainment system in mid-2012, using wireless networking to beam movies and music to each passenger’s smartphone, tablet or laptop – with Internet access to follow. The airline will use Lufthansa’s BoardConnect technology t...

    POSTED 15 Dec, 2011 4 Comments

  • Cathay Pacific adds audio books to the in-flight menu

    IN BRIEF | Now there's one more way to pass the time on your next Cathay Pacific flight. Starting this month, Cathay's StudioCX in-flight entertainment system will add audio books to the current range of movies, TV shows and music. The initial 10 audio books includes a few classics and...

    POSTED 5 Dec, 2011 2 Comments

  • Inside Jetstar's iPad app and long-life battery case hardware

    Jetstar new iPad in-flight entertainment system has been over a year in the making and is the world's largest such deployment of the Apple tablet. But exactly how does the Jetstar iPad system work – what lurks under the covers and behind the scenes? Australian Business Traveller talk...

    POSTED 11 Nov, 2011 0 Comments

  • Jetstar launches in-flight iPad rentals: movies, TV, games, books

    Jetstar is now renting iPads to passengers as personal in-flight entertainment devices on domestic, trans-Tasman and international flights, starting today. Each Jetstar iPad will come preloaded with music, TV shows and music videos, games, ebooks and magazines, accessible through a custom-built ...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • Jetstar's in-flight iPad rentals still months away..?

    Jetstar's much-delayed launch of the iPad for in-flight entertainment is still several months, but the airline hopes to have the tablets in the air before the peak Christmas holiday period. A Jetstar spokeswoman told Australian Business Traveller that the rent-an-iPad scheme is expected to debut...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia confirms inflight entertainment upgrade for new A330s

    UPDATE | Virgin Australia will launch its new in-flight entertainment system in mid-2012, using wireless networking to beam movies and music to each passenger’s smartphone, tablet or laptop – with Internet access to follow. Read our report for full details. PREVIOUS | Virgi...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2011 8 Comments

  • Jetstar promises in-flight iPad rentals coming soon

    Jetstar may be running behind schedule for the debut of an iPad-based in-flight entertainment system but the airline is still set to be the world’s first to rent out tablets to passengers. Other airlines have conducted trials and limited in-flight use, among them British Airways and Finnai...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2011 1 Comment

  • Happy 50th birthday, in-flight entertainment

    Fifty years ago, the very first in-flight movie was shown on a Boeing 707 flying between Los Angeles and New York. TWA, a US airline that disappeared from the skies ten years ago when it merged into American Airlines, was the first airline with in-flight movies, projected on the screen at the fr...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • Emirates' ice wins best airline in-flight entertainment

    Emirates' "ice" in-flight entertainment system -- installed on all the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft the airline flies to Australia -- is the world's best, according to a poll of passengers by airline ratings company Skytrax. It's the seventh year in a row that Emirates' ice system ("ice" ...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2011 1 Comment

  • World's best first class and business class airline seats

    It's one of the questions most asked of frequent flyers: which airline has the best business class seat, the best first class seat or even suite? We've all got our favourites, of course. But according to the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, the honours fall to Cathay Pacific ...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2011 2 Comments

  • World's best airline? Qatar pips the field as Qantas slips to 8th place

    Asian and middle-eastern airlines have scooped the pool in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards, with Qantas slipping down the ladder for the fourth year in a row. That the Red Roo is still considered the world's eighth-best airline overall will no doubt be welcome news for Qantas CEO Alan Jo...

    POSTED 26 Jun, 2011 6 Comments

  • American Airlines to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab on Qantas LAX connection flights

    While British Airways is trialling iPads in its new First Class, and Jetstar will be offering them for rent, Qantas' oneworld alliance partner American Airlines is spruiking Android competitor Samsung Galaxy Tab as its handheld offering.  American will offer the tablets "beginning later thi...

    POSTED 14 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Concept airline seat designed for computer games

    Forget about cramped economy seats with pokey seat-back video screens! This concept design from seat manufacturer Contour Aerospace and design firm FactoryDesign cradles a made-for-gaming PC laptop in front of a passenger for the ultimate in interactive in-flight entertainment. The arc h...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2011 0 Comments

  • Which class for business travel on Air New Zealand's new 777-300ER?

    Last week, we brought you detailed first reviews from Air New Zealand's brand new Business Premier and Premium Economy Spaceseat cabins, plus the top five little-known improvements for passengers on the new 777-300ER planes. The real question for business travellers and corpo...

    POSTED 21 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • Top five little-known improvements on Air New Zealand's Boeing 777-300ER

    Our team made it on board Air New Zealand's newest 777-300ER when it stopped at Wellington last week, and we've brought you in-depth reviews of the brand new Premium Economy Spaceseats, Economy Skycouches and updated Business Premier flat bed pods.  You'll find full reviews of these in our ...

    POSTED 17 Feb, 2011 1 Comment

  • Delta adds more lie-flat seats, upgrades entertainment

    U.S.-based airline Delta is upgrading its fleet of aircraft to feature more lie-flat beds in premium seats, as well as an improved in-flight entertainment system for both economy and premium travellers.  The new lie-flat seats in Delta’s BusinessElite class are arranged in a herringbo...

    POSTED 30 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Thai Airways to overhaul first, business and economy

    For years Thai Airways has lagged behind its full-service competitors in terms of features for premium cabins, especially considering that segment leaders such as Singapore Airlines and Emirates have introduced impressive features for their premium customers. From 2012, though, this will no long...

    POSTED 13 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

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