Virgin Australia plane
Virgin Australia has now plugged in and loaded the first phase trials of its new in-flight entertainment with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.
Announced this week, the iPad alternative has been included on selected Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 aircraft and will run for one week commencing 30 April this year.
The airlines group executive product and guest services Martin Daley said the 16:9 screen product was part of the carriers initiatives to enhance guest experience and boost its business travel appeal.
Filled with pre-loaded movies as well as television and audio programs, Mr Daley said the Phase One also represented a step closer to Phase Two which includes the May 2012 roll-out of a new leading Wi-Fi system.
This Wi-Fi system will allow guests to stream video and audio directly to their own personal electronic devices, Wi-Fi enabled laptops or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. he said.
This latest product release, combined with our new Business Class and Economy Class cabin environment, will allow us to offer a first-rate travel experience to guests.
The airline expects full commencement of its new in-flight entertainment to commence from June this year with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 available for guests travelling three hours or more to purchase.
In addition to its in-flight equipment, the carrier also announced major enhancements to its facilities at Sydney and Melbourne Domestic Airports.
Announced this morning, Virgin said the changes would occur at Termina 2 in both airports and would include new state-of-the-art lounges and upgrades to its pier within the Sydney terminal.
Sydneys waiting area will soon stretch over two levels to provide views of Botany Bay while Melbourne will see a new lounge, valet parking and priority security screenings.
Expected to be complete by the end of 2012, the airlines chief executive John Borghetti said the changes would reinforce the airlines aim to provide a seamless first-rate experience.
The enhancements announced today will enable us to do just that, establishing Sydney as our flagship domestic lounge and offering guests more spacious and comfortable terminal facilities, Mr Borghetti noted.
The pier expansion will also allow us to provide additional flight frequencies for our guests, with more positions for narrow and wide body aircraft.
In May 2012, we will commence a major refurbishment of the interiors of our Melbourne domestic terminal.
The refresh will include new flooring, seating and washroom facilities and is designed to create more space and bring the Melbourne terminal in line with Virgin Australias contemporary look and feel.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J