Qantas have commenced the pilot of its inflight entertainment streaming system called Q Streaming which allows passengers to stream entertainment options to Qantas supplied iPads. At the moment the initial pilot is being ran only on a dedicated Boeing 767-300 with aircraft registration VH-OGH and offers over 200 hours of entertainment. Durin the pilot the Q Streaming inflight entertainment solution developed by Lufthansa systems will only be available to Qantas supplied iPads, however a Qantas spokesperson said that from mid feburary the Q Streaming system would be available for passengers personal Laptops, smartphones, iPads and iPhones. To Q Streaming on a passengers device you will either need to download the Qantas Q Streaming app from the Apple App Store or for PCs ensure that Microsoft Silverlight is downloaded prior to take-off. Executive Manager Customer Experience Alison Webster said the trial which commenced in mid-January has been exceptionally popular with Qantas customers. “The Q Streaming trial has been well received by our customers and the feedback from the trial has been overwhelmingly positive. Customers have enjoyed the flexibility and ease of use of the Q Streaming programming and the wide range of content available,” said Ms Webster. Olivier Krüger, SVP Regional Management Asia-Pacific at Lufthansa Systems, said Qantas is one of the world’s most experienced and innovative airlines and is taking Lufthansa System’s BoardConnect wireless IFE system to the skies. “We are proud to work with Qantas to bring to market such a unique passenger experience,” Mr Kruger said. Q Streaming utilises cutting edge wireless technology that enables customers to connect to the Qantas on demand IFE system, with their WIFI devices, providing Qantas customers with a greater variety of choice from a wide range of content. Given the great customer feedback received to date, from the end of February, Qantas will continue to enable customers to access the Q Streaming content via their own WIFI enabled devices on the dedicated B767-300 whilst finalising plans to extend its application across the wider fleet.
Qantas have announced that they plan to introduce a new Inflight Entertainment program from August on both their Domestic and International services. The new program will feature two new hosts Melbourne Model Pia Miller and TV Presenter David Whitehill. Along with this they have also announced that Qantas A380 passengers will be able to use the inflight entertainment system for longer, with the system being made available from the moment a passenger is boards a Qantas A380 aircraft until the moment they depart, with this change headsets will be head sets will be handed out and collected at both boarding and disembark. The full media release from Qantas can be read below: QANTAS LAUNCHES NEW INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM SYDNEY, 15 July 2010: Qantas today announced it would launch a new inflight entertainment program on all Qantas domestic and international flights from August. As part of the refresh of its inflight entertainment, Qantas introduced two new hosts to its inflight program Welcome Aboard; well known Melbourne model and presenter Pia Miller and television travel presenter David Whitehill. Pia and David will present the latest lifestyle news, product innovations and special offers from Qantas each month. Qantas had previously worked with both Pia and David, Pia as Ambassador for the 2010 Formula 1™ Qantas Australian Grand Prix and David who brought us all the news from South Africa on the Qantas Socceroos, and knew they were the right choice for Welcome Aboard. From next month, Welcome Aboard, (the Qantas inflight program which offers passengers the latest travel and lifestyle news from across the Qantas network), will have a new look and graphics, a new contemporary style and will feature more destinations across Australia. Qantas has also commissioned young emerging artist Vanessa Jade to produce a theme song titled My My for its domestic inflight entertainment. Recorded this month in Sydney, the song is an acoustic style track, contemporary and upbeat. Also new to the Qantas inflight entertainment team is respected finance consultant Alan Kohler who will present Talking Business and one of Australia’s most versatile, well known composers and conductors, Guy Nobel, will now host the symphony channel. This month Qantas will also provide customers with the ability to enjoy Qantas’ inflight entertainment on its A380 fleet for longer, making the entertainment system available from the moment customers board the aircraft until the moment they disembark. To accompany this offering, headsets will not be collected from passengers until after disembarkation. Qantas will roll out this offering to a number of international and domestic fleets in the future.