Posted on: 19 February 2015 by Mark Howells
Qantas is deploying iPad Minis across economy class on eight of its Airbus A330 aircraft which aren’t equipped with seatback screens so that passengers can still access the airline’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) service via Q Streaming.
The airline has said it chose iPad Minis because this saves approximately 30% on weight (or just under 40KG per aircraft) in comparison with full size iPads. The iPad minis also take up less space on the passenger’s tray table, should they choose to view their IFE from there rather than the seatback device holder.
Qantas has confirmed that economy seats on these aircraft have a dedicated USB charging port, enabling passengers to charge the iPad Minis in-flight.
Furthermore, the carrier is upgrading economy headsets across all its aircraft in an attempt to reduce costs. Silicon ear pads will replace the previously used foam ear pads, moulding around each traveller’s ear in an attempt to block more ambient noise.
As well as expecting to save approximately 13 million foam pads from entering landfill each year, Qantas hopes the new headsets will improve both volume and comfort for the passenger.