How cool is this?
Jetstar, one of the leaders in low fare flights announced today that they will roll out iPads on board, making them the very first airline in the world to offer tailored technology for the device.
Around 3,000 iPads will roll out on select flights today traveling Australian domestic, trans Tasman and short haul international services from Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks. Customers flying longer than two hours will be able to “book” an iPad from $10-$15 per flight. The number of iPads used on flights will increase once Jetstar places them on the Asia network.
Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan said iPads will offer customers a fantastic in-flight entertainment experience and well, we would certainly have to agree! We don’t fly without ours ;).
The new iPads have been designed to appeal to everyone in the family by offering movies, children’s e-books, music clips, magazines and games with new content each month.
Speaking of children’s e-books, Jetstar has partnered with Child Writes – a not-for-profit program that supports child literacy. The iPads will also feature 50 books, updated bi-monthly, all of which are written and illustrated by primary school-aged children. Child Writes literacy advocate Emma Mactaggart said, “We’re thrilled to partner with the iPads and connect with the thousands of children and families that travel with them.”
Hopefully American and Canadian airlines like Air Canada and United will begin following suit. One can hope!