Inflight entertainment - what's new?

Tom Batchelor looks at the increasingly sophisticated inflight entertainment that passengers have come to expect

Business class IFE seat inside the A330neo Airspace cabin
“Customers play the lead role in helping us better understand what content they want during their inflight experience,” says American Airlines’ Clarissa Sebastian
American Airlines

Inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFE/IFEC) have come a long way over the last century, since the first inflight film was shown, when Aeromarine Airways played the movie Howdy Chicago on an amphibious aeroplane operating around the city in 1921, projecting it onto the front wall of the cabin. Nowadays, inbuilt wireless headphones, cinema quality seat back screens and personal tablets powered by free Wi-Fi are becoming the norm.

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