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Like Jerry Seinfeld in the episode “The Airport”, premium-class passengers enjoy all the perks of non-coach seating; starting today on some American Airlines flights, those comforts include a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. (Meanwhile, like Elaine in the same episode, coach passengers will continue to suffer with full bladders and cramped legs.)

The Tabs replace American Airlines’ current personal entertainment devices and will include dozens of movies, TV shows, and audio selections, and will feature a UI skin designed exclusively for the airline. Beginning in 2012, more features are coming, including WiFi, games, and more.

It get even better--some of those same seats will offer flyers a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones.

If you want to enjoy these new amenities for yourself, make sure you’re on a transcontinental flight between JFK and LA, JFK and San Francisco, Miami and San Francisco, Miami and San Francisco, or Boston and LA, or an international flight to or from Europe and South America.

We assume you’ll still have to shut the Tabs down during takeoff, though. (Alec Baldwin, that includes you, buddy.)



AMERICAN AIRLINES INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT IS OUT OF THIS WORLD WITH SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1

American is First Domestic Airline to Feature Branded Tablets for Entertainment in Premium Cabins

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines customers can now have convenient access to a personal universe of movies, music and TV shows at 35,000 feet. Beginning today, customers traveling in premium class cabins will be the first to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 device onboard select flights.

American is the first domestic airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft, giving premium customers access to a library of entertainment options inflight. The customized tablets, which feature a 10.1-inch screen, replace the current personal entertainment devices in American’s First and Business Class cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, Miami and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft.

“We continue to move forward with our efforts to modernize the travel experience by using the innovative Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to provide inflight entertainment onboard,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President – Marketing. “Today’s news is the latest in a series of investments we’ve made in our focus on product and service enhancements for our premium customers, and we know they will be delighted with the contemporary entertainment experience of the tablet.”

During the initial rollout, customers can choose from over 70 movies, including 30 new releases, with three titles exclusive to American from Paramount, as well as a variety of television programs and audio selections – all carefully chosen to cater to the diverse tastes of American’s premium cabin customers.

The tablets also feature a special touchscreen specifically designed for American that allows customers to interact with the devices in a user-friendly way. Customers can move through a custom-built experience that includes a clean and intuitive design, providing customers quick and easy access to their favorite programs throughout the flight. Additional tablet functionality and content will be rolled out over time, beginning in first quarter 2012, and will include Wi-Fi capability on equipped aircraft, games, eReader publications, and more.

“The addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to American’s inflight amenities illustrates the Tab’s universal appeal to a variety of customers,” said Tim Wagner, Samsung Mobile Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales. “With its Android platform, ultra-slim, lightweight design, a brilliant 10-inch touchscreen and an array of entertainment options, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will provide a world-class entertainment experience for travelers onboard American Airlines.”

In addition, First and Business Class customers onboard American’s 777, 767 and select 757 aircraft can enjoy their favorite movies, music and TV shows with Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. Offered in select markets, the headphones further elevate the premium experience for customers by fading background distractions and delivering a rich, clear audio.
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Call me crazy but I would rater have a quality IFE system in First Class then a Tablet. While the games might be better on the tab instead of the IFE system, you have to hold or put the tablet somewhere while you are using it. Thought I do like the idea of having the QC15's

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AKnudson replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 4:28 PM

wow thats some sweet news. i want to fly to jfk now just for the hell of it. I wonder what american is doing with their prices though? the fact that wifi will be available is astounding. if internet access is available on the plain business men may never fly anyother way again. it is really fantastic what they are doing now. i want to try it.

Couldn't help ut notice that this tablet is offered by hothardware as part of thie tablet giveaway. sweet

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AKnudson replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 4:28 PM

What is IFE? i have never heard of it and why would it be better?

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Ivan92116 replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 4:31 PM

"...will feature a UI skin designed exclusively for the airline." I'm curious if this will be like the Kindle Fire in which no trace of Android is seen on the surface.

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Glad airlines are considering using new gadgets in their flight

Watch a bunch of movies during a long flight is the only way to kill time

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erikiksaz replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 4:34 PM

This'll kill a lot of the downtime after being seated and when the plane gets to altitude.

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acarzt replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 5:00 PM

IFE: In Flight entertainment system.

I think I would rather have a decent IFE also and have my own tablet.

That way I can easiler just stuff my tablet back in my bag and use the built in IFE device and I can take a nap without having to worry about what i'm supposed to do with the borrowed tablet.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 5:22 PM

I like these in the tablet space

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DDeveaux replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 5:56 PM

Seems like a great idea for first-class & business seats. Hopefully the rollout gets a positive response so they start adding the tablets to more flights.

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LLeCompte replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 6:02 PM

First class just got a whole lot better.

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acarzt:

IFE: In Flight entertainment system.

I think I would rather have a decent IFE also and have my own tablet.

That way I can easiler just stuff my tablet back in my bag and use the built in IFE device and I can take a nap without having to worry about what i'm supposed to do with the borrowed tablet.

I much agree, but I would rater have "my" own tablet. Not one from AA

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=) this is great new's, and a good idea .

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Great use of the tablet. I hope they wash the cushioned area around the headphones. i would hate to get an ear infection :)

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Inspector replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 10:30 PM

Well idk when i'll be able to use those any time soon xD.

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BBenitez replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 10:34 PM

sweet now i cannot be bored in a plane

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Not sure if Id use the hedphones, but the tablet sounds like a good idea.

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ajm135 replied on Wed, Dec 14 2011 11:49 PM

Sounds really really expensive. I would definitely be in Elaines situation but i would just bring my own galaxy tab with all the office seasons and iron man and i wold be fine

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ESix replied on Thu, Dec 15 2011 2:02 AM

Yeah, I'd rather have my own tablet and connect to media services. But its a start in a good direction.

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OmniDeus replied on Fri, Dec 16 2011 4:04 AM

so....they put a tablet that uses wireless tech--on a plane? how is the going to help Alec Baldwin out? poor timing.

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