Australian technology designer and manufacturer, PC Locs will partner with Qantas Airways to deliver a fleet of customised galley carts for the airline’s new in‐flight iPad entertainment service for passengers.
PC Locs will provide Qantas with specially made carts built to store, transport, sync and charge up to 5000 Apple iPads. The equipment will be deployed on the airline’s Boeing 767 fleet, covering flight routes across Australia and between Australia and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Each plane will carry four carts, averaging 256 iPads for Business and Economy passengers to access over 200 hours of on-demand entertainment streamed wirelessly to the device.
Scheduled for completion by March 2013, PC Locs CEO James Symons says the partnership with Qantas is the culmination of a six month collaboration to design the carts according to operational specifications and aviation standards.
“By teaming up with the globally iconic Qantas, we helped lead the way bringing iPad® technology to the airline’s in‐flight experience,” Symons explains.
“Together we worked through the many challenges that come with developing the right technology and equipment needed to support the constant use of hundreds of iPads on each flight. ”
Qantas announced plan to update its in-flight entertainment with iPads back in July, following a trial in February, which received “extremely positive” feedback.
The airline also updated two staff-based systems this year with Apple technology, replacing employee’s BlackBerry handsets with iPhones and providing its pilots with iPads for use on the flight deck.
“The iPads will replace many of the charts, forms and manuals that pilots currently carry on board”, Qantas spokesman Thomas Woodward told Macworld Australia. “They will effectively function as a streamlined information resource.”
To read Macworld Australia’s full feature on Qantas’ recent shift to Apple technology, see here.