Airlines aren't necessarily swayed by the iPad's cool factor, but they love the idea of massive fuel savings as well as the simplification of airplanes' wiring systems that the tablet offers.
… Until quite recently, the prevailing school of thought was to make traditional in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems bigger and better. That’s certainly the idea behind IFE systems on new Boeing “Dreamliner” 787s.
But as more and more passengers tote their own tablets (not to mention laptops, ultrabooks and giant-screen smartphones), the airlines, plane manufacturers and third-party service providers are starting to question the value of traditional IFE systems.
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