American Airlines Will Offer Free In-Flight Entertainment Starting Later This Month

Aug 9, 2016

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Amid pressure from competitors like Delta, which became the first US legacy carrier to offer free in-flight entertainment, American Airlines recently announced it’ll start offering complimentary in-flight entertainment later this month on all of its nearly 300 aircraft that are equipped with seat-back entertainment units. On regional jets that offer Wi-Fi, you can also download the American Airlines mobile app to access free entertainment offerings on your own device.

Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy your flight with hundreds of in-flight entertainment options. Image by Kevin Song.
Now you can sit back, relax and enjoy your flight with hundreds of in-flight entertainment options. Image by Kevin Song.

AA customers will be able to surf a wide range of content, and choose from more than 160 movies, 300 television shows, over 700 musical selections and 20 games — or watch live TV — on seat-back screen-equipped aircraft. Translation: you’ll be able to catch up on all your favorite shows, like HBO’s Game of Thrones, from the comfort of your seat.

The airline also will also offer ViaSat Wi-Fi on its 737 MAX fleet starting September 2017 instead of its current and much slower Gogo Wi-Fi. ViaSat is best known for providing at-home Wi-Fi speed that allows travelers to stream movies, videos, TV and music — and lets you perform basic functions like posting on social media and checking emails — at a much faster rate.

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