Low-cost carrier Jetstar has introduced iPads to its passengers for in-flight entertainment. The iPads were launched on selected Jetstar flights last week and will be rolled out across the Australian domestic, transtasman and short-haul international services from Australia and New Zealand, in the coming weeks.
Each Jetstar iPad will come preloaded with music, TV shows and music videos, games, ebooks and magazines, accessible through a custom-built Jetstar app.
The iPads will be offered to economy passengers at a cost of between $10 and $15 — but only on flights longer than two hours. Domestic flights will start at $10 per rental, while longer A330 flights to Singapore and Japan will be $12 if prebooked or from $15 on board. Prebooking will only be available on the A330 services.
Jetstar said it will initially roll out 3,000 iPads with plans to increase this number once they are placed on Jetstar’s Asia network. There will be 24 iPads loaded on the A320 (that’s the 180-seat plane used on most Jetstar flights), 30 on the slightly larger A321, and 160 on the larger long-haul A330, which seats over three hundred passengers.
Australian Business Traveller has an excellent story with details about how the iPad will work on board.