Not just a great way to reduce the need for heavy paper manuals and flight bags, but the iPad is also a great way to provide passengers on airlines a different and perhaps a more lighter form of entertainment as well. Budget airline Scoot Pte, the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has removed the entertainment system used in some of their planes. This has resulted in a 7% cut of the planes’ weight and at the same time increasing seating by 40%. So instead of being faced with television sets placed in front of their seats, passengers will now be offered iPads that will come preloaded with movies, music, games and television shows.
Passengers flying in business class will be provided the iPads for free, while those flying economy will have to pay an additional $17 to rent the device. While not currently available, the airline company has plans to install a wireless system in their planes some time in the future that will provide additional content for its passengers. The iPads are currently deployed on four of the airline’s Boeing 777s which are expected to be expanded to 14 Boeing 777s within the next few years.
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