On Monday, a deal was announced between American Airlines and Samsung for the purchase of 6,000 Samsung tablets with the intention to provide them to First and Business Class passengers on some transcontinental and international flights.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets will replace the airline’s current personal entertainment device in American Airlines’ premium cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as flights between Miami and Los Angeles serviced by Boeing 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft. The tablets will also be on international flights to and from Europe and South America serviced by 767-300 aircraft in addition to transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles serviced 757 aircraft.
This deal will make American Airlines the first North American airline to offer a branded tablet onboard it’s flights.
“Through our agreement with Samsung, American is the first North American airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft,”…”We are working hard to revitalize our fleet and invest wisely in new products and services to modernize and enhance the travel experience,” said American’s chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi in Samsung’s announcement.
“Working with Samsung to outfit our premium cabins with the innovative Galaxy Tab will give our premium customers a modern and innovative in-flight entertainment experience,” Vahidi said.
Source: Personal email from American Airlines pilot.