airliners Stories June 13, 2011

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.

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airliners Stories May 27, 2011

Google has made it a little easier to find flights online by integrating flight information with their main Google.com search page. From now on, a quick summary of flights and airlines is displayed right on the results page for users in ten language markets (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Turkish and Catalan). You can also browse a full time-table of non-stop flights and search for non-stop flights from a particular airport.

Even though flight data comes from their ITA acquisition, Google Search does not currently use ITA’s search technology, a Google engineer Petter Wedum noted in a post over at the official Google Search blog. Right now it’s just a schedule, but obviously the ITS deal will pave the way to buying tickets online. Try this example search for flights from San Francisco to Minneapolis.

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