WestJet, based in Calgary, will introduce tablets in some of its flights in order to improve their offering of inflight entertainment. The tablets will be available for rent and will come preloaded with a combination of up to 10 hours of movies, 10 hours of television shows, and possible even a few games. Marshall Wilmot, WestJet vice-president of product development, said that the rental fee for the tablets will be between $10 and $12 and will be offered on two of their new Boeing 737s starting in June.
The tablets are Samsung Galaxy Tablets that are being provided by SkyCast Solutions, a company based in Seattle. The tablets will replace the inflight live TV and pay-per-view entertainment. Mr. Wilmont also said that WestJet is also in the process of evaluating their long-term inflight entertainment strategies to determine their best options. The tablets are a trial project that will allow the airline to continue offering the inflight entertainment they know is important to passengers.
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