Whether you are traveling on first, business or economy class on American Airlines, in-flight entertainment will be free now. The airline in a statement issued recently to the media said that all kinds on in-flight entertainment, including music, TV shows and movies, are being made free for customers traveling in all travel classes. The airline has taken cue from Delta Air Lines, which is already offering free in-flight entertainment offerings to all its customers starting earlier this summer.
Media reports said that the move of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and other U.S. carriers are being seen by travel experts as an attempt to engage in stiff competition in order to keep their respective customers happy with the best entertainment offerings at no additional cost.
According to the reports, American Airlines was earlier offering a limited selection of free movie and TV offerings to its customers on domestic flights, while premium shows and new-release movies were being offered for a fee. The in-flight entertainment scene on American Airlines has now changed for good. The airline said that TV shows including HBO’s Game of Thrones and movies like Captain America: Civil War would now be available free of cost to even customers traveling in economy class.
A spokesperson of American Airlines said that entertainment options would be available on the airline’s in-flight entertainment systems installed on nearly 300 aircrafts. Those customers who are not offered seat-back monitors on their aircrafts would however be able to stream TV shows, music and movies free of cost on their laptops, smartphones and tablets bu using in-flight Wi-Fi services. The current library on Fort Worth-based American Airlines comprises of 20 games, 700 music albums, 300 TV shows and 165 movies.
Recent trends in the commercial aviation industry have revealed that more fees instead of amenities are being added over the past decade by various airlines worldwide. However, U.S. carriers are reinvesting their profits for improving the experience of their customers. These include providing good snacks and beverages, new aircraft interiors and upgrading in-flight Wi-Fi services.