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French Airline Open Skies To Provide iPad In-Flight Entertainment To Passengers

By Skyler

The race to offer more advanced in-flight entertainment appears to be sweeping airline companies across the globe. Delta Airlines recently announced they would be providing a new in-flight video streaming service for tablet computers, and the French airline Open Skies wanted to do a similar upgrade–but it’s still much different.

Instead of offering in-flight video that could be watched on your own device, or on a television screen placed in the seat in front of you, the French airline is simply providing their passengers with Apple iPad’s. The tablets come preloaded with content already on them including movies, television shows, and even games.

Open Skies offers the service free of charge to it’s already premium service options. The company said that it chose a “lending” option to cut down on costs. “We found that in terms of costs, you actually get a very good product for less,” said Karin Drylie, director of marketing and product for the OpenSkies. While other airlines are renting out tablet computers for long flights, Open Skies provides them at no additional cost to the consumer.

Another issue that was important for Open Skies was the ability to offer a cutting-edge service, while keeping the weight inside the plane at reasonable levels. This is why they opted for pre-loaded content. More and more airlines are beginning to offer services like this, and in the case of Delta Airlines passengers will soon be able to stream video to their own devices they bring on board.

For Open Skies passengers they’ll provide you with the device to enjoy on those long flights from country to country.

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