Delta's Making All In-Flight Entertainment Free to Everyone
We’ve all been there: you spend all night loading up your iPad with movies and TV shows to keep you company on your cross-country red eye only to realize, 10 minutes after takeoff, that you left your power cable behind. While in-flight entertainment is usually an option, it’s typically an expensive one... that is, unless you’re flying Delta.
Beginning July 1, passengers flying aboard any of the airline’s mainline aircraft will be given complimentary access to Delta Studio, the company’s impressive library of in-flight entertainment that includes up to 300 movies, 750 TV shows, 100 foreign films, 2,400 songs, 18 live satellite TV channels and a handful of video games. The service will be available on roughly 90% of Delta’s planes (the other 10% being smaller aircraft that aren't equipped with Wi-Fi), with access to Delta Studio available via both individual seat-back screens and streaming through your own laptop, tablet or mobile device, provided you’ve got the juice. The move makes Delta the first US legacy carrier to offer free in-flight entertainment to all passengers.
"The only thing better than operating the world's largest in-flight entertainment-equipped fleet is providing it free to all our guests," Tim Mapes, Delta's Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement. “Our commitment is to provide Delta customers with the industry's best on-board services — period.”
It may sound like marketing-speak, but Delta certainly has been investing a lot in customer experience as of late, upgrading the interiors of its fleet with bigger overhead luggage bins, more seat-back entertainment systems, in-seat power outlets and more pleasing LED lighting. The company also just landed itself at number 44 on Newsweek’s ranking of the 100 greenest U.S. companies.