Emirates already had one of the very best
inflight entertainment (IFE) systems in the sky, and now the
made it even better.
New features include larger screens in First
Class and Economy Class and three times the media storage –
offering passengers an even greater choice of content on board.
The new products can be found on Emirates’
newly-delivered Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A380 aircraft.
Passengers travelling in First Class will have a
more immersive viewing experience to look forward to with IFE
screens increased from 27 to 32 inches.
“We continually upgrade our fleet, as well as
our products and services on board to ensure an unparalleled
travel experience. In addition to the technology, Emirates also
puts emphasis on curating our award-winning inflight entertainment
system and we always aim to surpass industry benchmarks. Our new
generation ice system elevates the viewing experience, and offers
passengers the most comprehensive movie and TV selection on any
airline,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates’ Divisional Vice
President – Customer Experience.
Economy Class passengers can also look forward
to immersing themselves in Emirates’ selection of inflight
programmes, with the industry’s largest in-seat screens at 13.3
inches. These can also be found on
Emirates’ latest two-class
configured A380. The Business Class screens, at 23 inches wide,
remain one of the industry’s largest for its class.
With three times the media storage on the new
IFE system, ice Digital Widescreen now has 2,186 channels of
on-demand entertainment and 1,230 music channels which amounts to
about 4,300 hours of entertainment. This includes over 50 full TV
box sets and close to 600 movies. Reflecting Emirates’ global and
diverse customer base, the enhanced system also features a
multilingual interface in 14 languages.
Other new features on ice includes enhanced
handset controllers, USB ports and PC power outlets on all seats
across the three cabin classes to allow passengers to charge their
own mobile phones and portable devices.
Emirates’ next generation IFE system is
complemented with connectivity on board. The airline offers Wi-Fi
on 142 aircraft, more than half of its fleet, and Live TV now on
75 aircraft. Emirates began offering free Wi-Fi on board last year
and has invested US $15 million to offer its passengers data
connectivity in 2015. From January to September this year, 2.6
million Emirates passengers connected to Wi-Fi on board – a
four-fold increase from last year, reflecting the strong consumer
demand for connectivity services while travelling.
Other product enhancements include new micro
fibre optic carpet in the First Class cabin which helps to reduce
the effects of jet lag, and private suites in the centre aisle
have been widened by 1.9 inches.
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