IPads Help Some Airlines Cut Costs

Swapping tablets for heavy in-air entertainment systems saves fuel
Illustration by Al Murphy

Coach travelers on Singapore-based carrier Scoot, the budget unit of Singapore Airlines that launched service on June 4, can while away the hours with a $17 rented iPad chock-full of movies, music, games, and TV shows. Last fall, Jetstar, the budget offshoot of Qantas Airways, also started offering iPads for $10-$15 on flights over two hours. While the tablets are undeniably popular, their inclusion in inflight entertainment (IFE) offerings has more to do with their weight.

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