PAL to offer iPads in trans-Pacific flights

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PAL said it will be the first full service airline in Asia to have Apple iPads in-flight, the result of close coordination between the airline and Cupertino, California-based Apple through an authorized Apple developer. Soon, PAL passengers flying to/from any of PAL’s four North American destinations will get the latest version of the tablet that will be loaded with various in-flight entertainment options ? from full-length movies, TV shows, music, games, to even the latest newspapers and magazines. Both business class and economy passengers can opt to use the Apple in-flight iPad ? for a minimal charge, according to PAL ? with its familiar and user operating system and other features, such as made-for-iPad user interface, closed captioning, multi-language playback, controls that detect if headphones are not plugged in, and more. The in-flight iPads have been customized to also contain PAL’s regular in-flight reading materials such as Mabuhay magazine, duty-free catalogue, in-flight meal menu, safety card, PAL promos and other publications. The in-flight iPad was one of the customer service enhancements announced July 23 by PAL president Ramon S. Ang together with PAL director Michael G. Tan, during cocktails at the Shangri-La Makati hotel, signifying the initial results of the collaboration between San Miguel Corporation and the Lucio Tan Group of Companies. Other customer-enhancement innovations unveiled include book-and-buy ticketing kiosks at selected Petron gasoline stations, new in-flight dishes prepared by five top-rated chefs, and the company?s third Boeing 777-300ER twin-engine, fuel-efficient aircraft. ]]>

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