Hawaiian Airlines offers 1,500 iPad Minis for in-flight entertainment

Business class customers get them free

Hawaiian Airlines plans to offer passengers Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad Minis so they can have access to in-flight entertainment, such as movies, TV shows and games, beginning Sept. 1, the airline announced Thursday.

The airline is deploying 1,500 iPad Minis on its B767 aircraft serving 14 routes between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, Asia and the South Pacific.

Business class customers will receive the iPad Mini for free, while economy class passengers can pay $15 for an iPad Mini at the gate or $17 for it in-flight.

The airline has teamed with Bluebox Avionics, a provider of in-flight entertainment products, for the entertainment package.

The airline also has an in-flight entertainment system built into the back of the seats on the B767 aircraft; the iPad Minis will augment those systems, according to a report by AppleInsider.

Hawaiian Airlines claims it is the first U.S. airline to offer Apple iPad Minis for in-flight entertainment. However, other airlines have been using iPads and iPad 2s for in-flight entertainment since 2010, when Qantas' subsidiary Jetstar became the first airline to offer the iPad to passengers, according to airlinetrends.com.

Jetstar purchased 2,000 iPad 2s and began offering them for 10 Australian dollars on flights. The iPads were equipped with RFID tags that help prevent theft.

For more:
- check out the Hawaiian Airlines release
- read the AppleInsider report
- see the airlinetrends.com article

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