Samsung Galaxy Tab

American Airlines has announced that it has begun rolling out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to select flights in place of current media devices available in the first-class section. These tablets will come preloaded with more than 70 movies, 30 of which will be new releases and three exclusives from Paramount, all in addition to some TV shows and other media. The Galaxy Tab's will offer a special touchscreen interface which is aimed at making the tablet extremely user friendly, and easy to navigate. Hit the break for the full press release!


American is First Domestic Airline to Feature Branded Tablets 
for Entertainment in Premium Cabins

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines customers can now have convenient access to a personal universe of movies, music and TV shows at 35,000 feet. Beginning today, customers traveling in premium class cabins will be the first to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 device onboard select flights.

American is the first domestic airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft, giving premium customers access to a library of entertainment options inflight. The customized tablets, which feature a 10.1-inch screen, replace the current personal entertainment devices in American’s First and Business Class cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK and San Francisco, Miami and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft; international flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft; and transcontinental flights between Boston and Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft.

“We continue to move forward with our efforts to modernize the travel experience by using the innovative Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to provide inflight entertainment onboard,” said Rob Friedman, American’s Vice President – Marketing. “Today’s news is the latest in a series of investments we’ve made in our focus on product and service enhancements for our premium customers, and we know they will be delighted with the contemporary entertainment experience of the tablet.”

During the initial rollout, customers can choose from over 70 movies, including 30 new releases, with three titles exclusive to American from Paramount, as well as a variety of television programs and audio selections – all carefully chosen to cater to the diverse tastes of American’s premium cabin customers.

The tablets also feature a special touchscreen specifically designed for American that allows customers to interact with the devices in a user-friendly way. Customers can move through a custom-built experience that includes a clean and intuitive design, providing customers quick and easy access to their favorite programs throughout the flight. Additional tablet functionality and content will be rolled out over time, beginning in first quarter 2012, and will include Wi-Fi capability on equipped aircraft, games, eReader publications, and more.

“The addition of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to American’s inflight amenities illustrates the Tab’s universal appeal to a variety of customers,” said Tim Wagner, Samsung Mobile Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Sales. “With its Android platform, ultra-slim, lightweight design, a brilliant 10-inch touchscreen and an array of entertainment options, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will provide a world-class entertainment experience for travelers onboard American Airlines.”

In addition, First and Business Class customers onboard American’s 777, 767 and select 757 aircraft can enjoy their favorite movies, music and TV shows with Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones. Offered in select markets, the headphones further elevate the premium experience for customers by fading background distractions and delivering a rich, clear audio.


Reader comments

American Airlines adding Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to select flights


Isn't that kind of unsanitary to be having headphones available to multiple people. I don't care if they wipe or spray or whatever there is still so many cloth crevices and stuff for all sorts of gross stuff to be stuck and there plus all that wiping and spraying probably isn't good for the headphones.

Chances are, those utilizing these services already have their own headphones... Not to mention that this is 1st Class, so AA will likely take every precaution to ensure customer satisfaction.

Airlines already "recycle" other noise-canceling headphones between flights. They hand them out at takeoff and take them back to be cleaned/sanitized (well, I assume, anyway!) and resealed in a bag for another flight.

The cockpits are upgrading to iPads as well for charts or something. Not sure why they aren't using these in the cockpit. Probably has to do with the union. They like to waste money.

you realize the galaxy tab 10.1 and ipad 2 wifi both start at $499.99, so i dont know what you are talking about wasting money

Because the iPad has received approval from the FAA whereas none of the current Android Tablets have. Sux tbh, but that's what marketing will get ya.

Marketing? The FAA isn't comprised of fanboys. They certify stuff to aviation standards. Only Apple and Jeppersen were willing to get the iPad certified for the flight deck. Samsung doesn't seem to be interested in doing that.

And Apple is going beyond that. They are actually pitching the iPad to military operators to promote paperless cockpits. Have yet to see any pitch from any Android OEMs.

The iPad with the Jeppersen app is certified as a Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag. Samsung has never bothered trying to get the Galaxy Tab certified. So that leaves the iPad as the only commercial tablet certified as an EFB. And it's a huge step up from some of the Windows CE EFBs that exist.

Samsung should get their kit ceritified. It would be nice PR boost to Android. But it's probably not worth the effort in sales.

Brilliant Choice as the Galaxy Tab offers an outstanding multimedia experience, and it's use of Android allows AA the luxury of easy/quick OS skin and content updates sans any manufacturer input.

I bet these are lot less expensive than the existing built-in entertainment systems! And if you happen to get a broken one, they can just give you another. I wonder if you can root it, etc. to amuse yourself during a long flight...

I wonder if they will have any Alec Baldwin shows on the pads? Its kinda funny they announce this so shortly after that incident.

pads? as in Galaxy Pad? or padlet devices in general?

gPad 10.1

*sigh* "...that's what marketing will get ya..."

I find it more impressive that they are going to a paperless cockpit with iPads. It's impressive that the combo of the iPad and the Jeppersen app were able to get certified as a Class 1 Electronic Flight Bag.

Sadly, no Android OEM would ever put in the effort to get their kit certified for the flight deck.