The Telegraph reports today that Jetstar, the Australian budget airline owned by Quantas, will soon be giving passengers the opportunity to rent iPads pre-loaded with movies, TV, books, music and games, for $10 (Â£5.70) on certain flights, starting later this month. The two-week trial will be on domestic Australian flights longer than an hour, with 30 iPads on each aircraft involved in the test.
Jetstar says that it will use two in-flight entertainment service providers â€“ Stellar Inflight and Bluebox Avionics â€“ to develop custom software and content for the iPad.
â€œGiven the demand for the iPad so far, I anticipate it will have strong appeal amongst our passengers,â€ Jetstar chief executive Bruce Buchanan told The Telegraph. â€œBased on demand for the iPads as part of the trial, weâ€™ll be looking to roll out the devices across our entire domestic and international network later in the year.â€
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net