American Airlines Makes Deal with Samsung for In-Flight Android Tablet Entertainment

The friendly skies are going high-tech with in-flight entertainment on American Airlines.

On Tuesday, Samsung announced a new partnership with American Airlines that will make Galaxy Tab 10.1 mobile tablets available for premium class in-flight entertainment.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a WiFi-enabled tablet that Samsung bills as the thinnest large screen tablet currently available in the tablet marketplace.

“Earlier this month we made history by launching the world’s thinnest large screen tablet currently available and today we unveil another first with American Airlines’ selection of the Galaxy Tab 10.1,” said Dale Sohn, President of Samsung Mobile.

And it doesn’t look like American Airlines is wasting any time on this new partnership. The company will deploy 6,000 of the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices onboard select flights before the end of 2011.

The tablets 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.

“Our engagement with American Airlines further illustrates the growing interest and demand we’re seeing from enterprise customers for the Samsung Galaxy portfolio,” said Tim Wagner, vice president and general manager of enterprise sales for Samsung Mobile. “As we continue to grow our enterprise customer base, we’re committed to empowering a connected mobile workforce and enabling leading companies like American Airlines to enhance their customers’ experience by providing world-class entertainment and enterprise-ready devices.”