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Forget about food carts: Qantas rolls out iPad-charging trolleys for new in-flight entertainment

Excerpt from Airlinetrends.com

Nov 12, 2012 7:09 am

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The transition marks the priorities of passengers, which have come to expect and prefer connectivity over corn chips on flights.

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A passenger reads an article about United Airlines on his iPad while on an United flight. Global X / Flickr.com


Hot on the heels of the announcement that Qantas has started the rollout of its new Q-Streaming wireless inflight entertainment service comes an interesting look behind the scenes. Qantas’ Q-Streaming service will see every seat on Qantas’ B767 aircrafts get an iPad that provides passengers with access to more than 200 hours of content, streamed from an onboard server.

Qantas has also indicated that it is looking at ways to evolve the Panasonic-based technology platform further. According to the airline’s Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi, “This could include the addition of internet access, live television and the ability to order food, drinks and duty- free goods via the iPad.”

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