Microsoft's senior business development manager, Dave McLauchlan, revealed that "United Airlines is planning to trial 500 Zune HD devices for in-flight entertainment on International flights from the US. Microsoft has worked hard to customize 500 devices and provide unique content for those flying with United Airlines. The software giant has held meetings with content providers and movie studios to pre-load devices with latest content just out of movie theatres and pre-DVD. Customers will be able to loan the devices onboard flights." Microsoft provides 21 separate playlists, loaded from the Zune digital entertainment service.
United Airlines will begin the trial in the coming weeks. Initial flights to Hong Kong and Australia will include the devices.