Following Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines pilots testing in-flight use of iPads, Samsung today announced that American Airlines will feature the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in their premium cabins. American Airlines will deploy six thousand Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 units onboard select flights beginning later this year which will

replace the airline’s current personal entertainment device in American’s premium cabins on transcontinental flights between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles, JFK 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 departing from Boston to Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft.

Although American Airlines has a flight-checking app on the App Store and offers an in-flight video streaming service to its iPad-using customers, they have not rolled out Apple’s device on commercial flights yet.

In fact, Samsung said, American Airlines’chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi pointed out that his company is the first North American airline to offer a branded tablet onboard its aircraft. We take it Apple is happier with the US Marine Corps. The in-flight entertainment gets talked about these days a lot, thanks to the rise of the tablet which has turned wireless digital entertainment into a mainstream phenomenon.

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