Travellers on Emirates’ new Airbus
A340-500 will be able to relax more in the future with more than 500 channels of inflight
entertainment to choose from.
airline's new $8 million ice (information, communication and entertainment)
system available from next month will feature 100 movies and 50
on-demand TV channels, 350-plus audio channels and 40 in-flight games.
award winning Dubai based carrier is launching one of the industry’s most
sophisticated on-demand video and audio systems, making it the first to show
BBC World news updates in flight, and first to give travellers wanting to
stay in touch with home or office a means to send and receive email and SMS
from any seat for just $1 a time.
On non-stop trips to and from Australia, and next year North America,
travellers can test their knowledge in trivia tournaments, save the world from space
invaders, sink a putt at mini-golf, challenge a colleague to a game of Hangman, or try their skill at 10-pin bowling.
Film buffs will find classics like Casablanca or 2001: A Space Odyssey,
Hollywood blockbusters like Terminator 3 or Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney
favourites like Snow White and Jungle Book, and a host of others from box-office hits to
The awesome audio choice includes UK No. 1 hits from every week since the
Top 10 was first published, on 14th November 1952 (Here in My Heart, by Al
Martino), 50-plus channels of Arabic, Japanese and World music, a giant selection of albums, 70 hours of classical concertos, operas and
symphonies and 10 entire talking books. The sophisticated system allows users to start,
stop and replay films or music at will.
The 13 video channels dedicated to Arab customers feature movies, plays,
fashion, music videos, comedy, children's shows and Hollywood hits
subtitled in Arabic.
The Arabic audio selection includes readings from the Holy Qu'ran and 23
channels of Arabic Rai, Khaleeji, Classical and Arabic pop music, the widest
choice on any airline, and CDs and "Best Of" channels from top Arabic recording artists.
The seatback screens provide updates on the progress of the flight,
information on Emirates, Dubai and the Skywards loyalty programme and the
latest BBC headlines, updated via a live link to BBC World. Emirates also
has upgraded its traditional Airshow moving map, and added a second channel.
Every passenger can also telephone anyone anywhere for US $5 a minute,
using an individual handset to access the world’s most widely-used inflight
Seatback screens will be bigger and clearer throughout. The 1-2-1 seating in
the new First Class suites features 19-inch personal video screens. First Class customers will dine on demand, select
favourite drinks for their in-suite mini-bar, and enjoy some of the finest cabin
service available. Emirates is also pioneering Room Service, allowing them to phone over their requirements to the cabin crew at any
The airline, pioneer of personal Business Class video players on Airbus
A330s from 1998, is trend-setting again with 15-inch screens in wider, more
comfy 2-2-2 Business Class seats putting everyone next to an aisle or window. Emirates’ redesigned Economy offers wider 2-4-2 seats and
nine-inch personal videos.