The deployment will see the tablets available on most of the airline’s Boeing 737 and Embraer E190 aircraft.
Virgin Australia product and guest services group executive, Martin Daley, said the airline selected the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because it “featured high resolution graphics and superb sound to deliver an outstanding on-board entertainment experience".
The tablet will be available for all business class customers. Economy class guests will be able to rent the device on flights over three hours for a price that is yet to be announced.
Phase two of the entertainment system will be a Wi-Fi system developed by Lufthansa Systems.
“In Phase II, guests will have access to a wide range of products including video and audio streaming delivered on demand to their own personal electronic devices, Wi-Fi enabled laptops, or the Galaxy Tab 10.1,” Daley said.
Virgin Australia hopes that the in-flight entertainment system will allow it to remain at the forefront of technology by offering customers an array of entertainment options, including movies, television, games, and service and product information.
The deployment symbolises somewhat of a recovery from Samsung, who recently faced a lawsuit from Apple which involved four patent breaches in the preliminary injunction, and threatened the entrance of Galaxy Tab 10.1 into the Australian market.