TransAsia Airways, the Taiwanese carrier flying to Singapore and cities in South Korea and China, is giving its business-class passengers iPad3s to use during flights.
The service is currently available on flights between Taipei and Busan and will be rolled out on other routes in the coming months.
The iPads allow passengers travelling in business class to access, free of charge, a selection of music and games, along with Hollywood and Asian movies, documentaries and television shows. They will also have e-books and e-magazines.
The service will provide a more eco-friendly cabin by eliminating the need for printed newspapers and magazines, the airline said.
Other carriers have also begun offering tablet-based entertainment. In July, AirAsia X announced a partnership with Tune Box to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as their new in-flight entertainment system on some flights (see story here)
Qantas also said in July that it would begin using streamed in-flight entertainment and providing passengers with free tablets (see story here)
In December last year, American Airlines announced they would start using Samsung Galaxy tablets to provide in-flight entertainment to premium passengers on several routes (see story here).
Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific revealed in June that it was considering removing seat-back televisions from its aircraft to reduce weight (see story here), although most Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers have reacted negatively to the idea in a recent poll.
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