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AirAsia X to offer tablet in-flight entertainment system

AirAsia X has partnered with Tune Box, the digital media arm of the Malaysia-based Tune Group company, to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as their new in-flight entertainment system (IFE) on flights to and from Australia, Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan, replacing the existing portable e-Player with immediate effect.

Featuring authentic sound quality and a high-resolution screen, the wireless tab is preloaded with TV shows and movies from Hollywood to Korea, Japan, China and Malaysia. It also offers more than 150 music tracks as well as games and digital magazines.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a powerful processor and is considerably lighter than the previous protable e-player, and thus efficiently reduces the weight onboard the aircraft, said the CEO of AirAsia X, Azran Osman-Rani.

Travellers on AirAsia X’s flights to or from Australia (Perth, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney), China (Hangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing), Korea (Seoul), Japan (Osaka, Tokyo) and Taiwan (Taipei) may pre-book the Samsung tab online for MYR35 (US$11) one way, or rent it onboard for MYR45 (US$14) one way.

Other airlines that use wireless tablets as IFE include American Airlines (see story here), Qantas (see story here) and Jetstar – the latter of which was the first to trial iPads on flights (see story here).

For a special report about in-flight wireless tablets, click here.

For more information, visit www.airasia.com.

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