In-flight entertainment will reach new heights next month when American Airlines offers portable DVD players for movie watching to premier class passengers on international routes.
American Airlines has opted to use the Panasonic portable DVD-L10 player. The first passengers to use the technology will be on MD-11 jets flying South American and European routes.
If the scheme is successful, American Airlines plans to extend it to 767 jets on international routes and offer the service to business class passengers.
American Airlines said that it opted to adopted DVD technology as opposed to video-on-demand which would mean re-wiring all its planes.
American passengers flying economy within the US will not be left out, however. US company Inmotion Pictures has set up rental shops at airports around the country where passengers can rent a DVD player and movie for an air trip and drop it off at their destination, providing it has an Inmotion shop. Inmotion is looking to open over 45 outlets in US cities by the end of next year.
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