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Condor to Launch Wi-Fi Based In-Flight Entertainment, Will Give Tablets to Business Class Passengers

Condor Airlines (a German leisure carrier) announced that they will launch a wi-fi based in-flight entertainment (IFE) system this summer that will allow passengers to access movies, music and whatnot on their own wi-fi based devices (ie, iPad).  They will also lend tablet devices to business class passengers so they can access the content if they do not bring a device with them.

Lufthansa Systems makes the wi-fi based product, which they say is perfect for airlines that do not wish to spend the money to install seat-back televisions to access IFE.  Assuming this works as planned, it could be a less expensive way for very low cost carriers (Spirit?) to offer in-flight entertainment for a charge without having to pull aircraft out of service for an elaborate retrofit (installation takes 8-10 hours).

On a related note, Jetstar announced a few months back that they would offer rentals of iPads equipped with movies, music and whatnot.

For airlines that have not yet made the investment in seatback televisions, wi-fi devices are approaching the point where they are used widely enough that they may be better off waiting a year and installing a wi-fi system without seatback monitors.

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  1. Very doubtful that they can stream videos to all those iPads and other similar devices that people will carry onto an airplane. I believe Jetstar will just preloaded the devices with a selection of videos … Which is incidentally what I am doing as well.

  2. Oliver,

    It may sound doubtful, but it’s been tested on a B747.

    Preloading must be a logistical mess. How do you deal with it?
    And what if customers bring in their own device and prefer to use it? No entertainment?

    Streaming solves both problems.

  3. Southwest Airlines to Offer Free In-Flight TV | Hack.Travel - pingback on July 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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