Posted on: 14 December 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Passengers travelling in premium class cabins onboard select American Airlines flights will have access to movies, music and TV shows via the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 device.American claims to be the first domestic airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft, giving premium passengers access to a library of entertainment options. The customised tablets, which feature a 10.1-inch screen, replace the current personal entertainment devices in American’s First and Business Class cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, Miami and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft."We continue to move forward with our efforts to modernise the travel experience by using the innovative Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to provide inflight entertainment onboard," commented American’s Vice President – Marketing, Rob Friedman. "Today’s news is the latest in a series of investments we’ve made in our focus on product and service enhancements for our premium customers, and we know they will be delighted with the contemporary entertainment experience of the tablet."During the initial rollout, passengers can choose from over 70 movies, including 30 new releases, with three titles exclusive to American from Paramount, as well as a variety of television programmes and audio selections – aimed at catering to American’s premium cabin passengers. The tablets also feature a special touchscreen specifically designed for American that allows passengers to interact with the devices in a user-friendly way. Passengers can move through a custom-built experience providing quick and easy access to their favourite programmes throughout the flight. From the first quarter of 2012, additional tablet functionality and content will be rolled out including Wi-Fi capability on equipped aircraft, games and eReader publications."The addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to American’s inflight amenities illustrates the Tab’s universal appeal to a variety of customers," declared Tim Wagner, Samsung Mobile Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales. "With its Android platform, ultra-slim, lightweight design, a brilliant 10-inch touchscreen and an array of entertainment options, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will provide a world-class entertainment experience for travellers onboard American Airlines."