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American Airlines will be upgrading its in-flight entertainment by replacing in-seat TV screens with new technology in its new airplanes.
The airline is taking in-flight entertainment one step ahead by removing classic TV screens from its new Boeing 737 Max airplanes, which are intended for domestic flights. In place of the screens, the airline will install better in-flight Wi-Fi in its planes, which passengers can use with their own gadgets.
American Airlines said that more than 90% of its passengers bring their own devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, for entertainment. The company added that the passengers prefer to use these devices, which have much better image quality than the in-seat screens.
For its new planes, American Airlines will be replacing Gogo with ViaSat as its Internet service provider. Unlike Gogo, which uses cellular towers, the new provider is expected to provide faster Internet since it relies on satellites. Also, ViaSat does not ration its Internet connection because it has a high bandwidth, allowing passengers to stream more freely.
Using the improved Wi-Fi connectivity, passengers can access American Airline’s huge library of movies, TV shows, and music through their own gadgets. In-flight Internet surfing is another perk that passengers can enjoy, but with additional charges.
American Airlines is not the only airline that is upgrading its in-flight entertainment. Other companies such as Jetstar and Virgin Australia have also replaced in-seat screens in some of their flights with wireless entertainment. However, Delta Air decided to keep its screens. According to the company, it wants to provide flexible options to passengers, especially those who do not intend to use their gadgets while on board.