As part of its newly branded flight experience, called Alaska Beyond, Seattle-based airline, Alaska Airlines is modernizing its fleet of airplanes and reinventing what it means to fly by introducing, among other cool new features on its planes, a Windows inflight entertainment solution for customers to take advantage of. They are deploying over 7,000 Windows 8.1 Toshiba Encore 2 tablets with more on the way to accommodate Alaska’s route growth and customer demand.
The company’s new inflight entertainment tablets feature 8” Toshiba Encore 2 tablets running Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry. The devices deployed across Alaska Airlines’ fleet are operated by Skycast Solutions, Microsoft’s partner on the program. Skycast has deep experience in the aviation space and their CEO, Bill Boyer, actually invented the first stored content portable IFE device.
“Moving to Windows tablets enables us to provide a cutting edge experience for Alaska’s travelers,” noted Greg Latimer, President Skycast Solutions. “In particular, the robust security capabilities allow us to work with Hollywood studios to load ‘Early Window’ [still in theater] movies that wouldn’t be available without similar safeguards.”
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