Starting on March 20th Finnair will begin a two month trial of Windows 8 tablets on flights of its Airbus A330 wide body aircraft with the registration OH-LTT. The airline will be deploying HP ElitePads to passengers on this flight for inflight entertainment.
The live tile wielding tablets will be paired with on-board WiFI and will allow the consumer access to movies, TV shows, music, games and even a wellness programs to help travels adjust to time change and the higher altitudes
Finnair will be offering the in-flight tablets to folks in the Business Class on scheduled flights and in Comfort Class on charter flights starting tomorrow. At the end of the flight, Finnair will be conducting surveys to see the tablets were received before expanding the limited trial.
We will be quite curious to see how the tablets fair with travelers as for many; Windows 8 is still a new experience. While the UI is relatively easy to navigate once you understand the gestures, for those who are not familiar with Windows 8, it could be an interesting experience without any tutorial videos.