According to the International Herald Tribune, a new low-cost airline, Scoot, is offering iPads to travelers on long-distance flights. First distributed on the inaugural flights in May, the iPads allow the airline to replace more than two tons of entertainment equipment on each plane which directly results in fuel conservation. The airline offers new lost cost direct flights from Singapore.

Using the Apple tablets, Scoot has been able to cut 7 percent of the weight from the planes obtained from its parent, Singapore Airlines. This is after a 40 percent increase in seating. Fuel prices have increased 36 percent in the last two years forcing airlines to cut weight and therefore fuel consumption wherever possible.

The iPads are not free. Economy passengers will be charged 22 Singapore dollars or about $17 US a trip to rent the devices which are preloaded with movies, music, games and television shows. Business class passengers can use the tablets at no charge. Eventually, the content will be available via a wireless system.

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