If you’re planning a trip to Australia or Asia in the near future you may want to consider flying Qantas Air, as the company has announced a new program in which it will offer iPads as an in-flight amenity. The devices will be available on both the company’s domestic and international Jetstar flights.

“We’re in the final stages of putting in place what would be a broader roll out across the network,” a Jetstar spokesman said. “We’re in ongoing discussion with the manufacturer around a more integrated network proposition.”

No pricing details were announced, but you can rest assured that such a luxury likely won’t come free. It’s also unclear if the devices will be tailored toward business or pleasure, and we can’t help but wonder if the devices will be loaded with business software, games, books, movies or some combination.

Regardless of what comes on the in-flight iPad it’s almost assuredly better than listening to the limited radio stations in your chair armrest, watching terrible movies on tiny screens or reading the SkyMall catalog over and over and wondering who on earth needs a water purification system for their dog. We’ll gladly take an iPad over all those things, especially if the rental cost includes WiFi so we can surf the Web while cruising at 30,000 feet.

All in all this seems like a pretty nice deal for Qantas, and a definite perk for travelers to keep in mind as they book their travel arrangements. The company had better enjoy it while it lasts though, because this seems like too brilliant an idea to remain exclusive for long – expect competitors to follow suit very shortly.

[via MarketWatch]