What’s on American Airlines Inflight Entertainment in September

Sep 2, 2019

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While making the decision to remove in-flight entertainment screens from its domestic aircraft during retrofits, American Airlines is investing in in-flight entertainment in other ways — from free streaming entertainment through Wi-Fi to live TV on more than 820 aircraft.

Whether or not you have a screen built into the seat in front of you, there’s an incredible amount of in-flight entertainment options on most AA aircraft — with up to 280 movies and 247 television episodes on some aircraft. As these options change from month to month, we work with AA each month to give to an idea of what you might be able to watch on your next flight.

In September, American Airlines is “highlighting the female acting duos of Tessa and Emma Thompson and Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway” by featuring Men in Black International and The Hustle, respectively, as well as classics by the duos. In addition, AA worked with its Latin Diversity Network business resource group to select content celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with movies like Frida, La Bamba, Selena, West Side Story and more.

Which Movies on Which Planes: While options are similar across many aircraft, there are six different sets of in-flight entertainment that you might find on AA aircraft this month. So, to help you figure out which will be on your flight, American Airlines has launched an in-flight entertainment site letting you search your flight details to see exactly which entertainment options are supposed to be on your flight.

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That site is going to be the most straightforward way of seeing your options; as you can tell from the grid below that the IFE option(s) by aircraft type can be quite complex. Once you find the aircraft type operating your flight, use the table of contents below to see your IFE options in September 2019:

Aircraft Type International Domestic Gogo ViaSat Tablet Overhead Live TV
Airbus A319 (LUS) X X
Airbus A319 (LAA) (some) X X
Airbus A320 X X
Airbus A321 (some) X X
Airbus A321neo X X
Airbus A321T X X
Airbus A330-200 X X
Airbus A330-300 X X
Boeing 737 MAX X X
Boeing 737-800 (some) X (some) X
Aircraft Type International Domestic Gogo ViaSat Tablet Overhead Live TV
Boeing 757 (Hawaii) (some) X (some)
Boeing 757 (int’l) Biz X X
Boeing 767-300 Biz X X
Boeing 777-200 X X
Boeing 777-300 X X
Boeing 787-8 X X
Boeing 787-9 X X

In This Post

International Flights

Aircraft: Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9

There’s a whopping 280 movies on American Airlines’ international aircraft IFE repertoire — adding up to over 545 hours of combined run time. Of these movies, 230 are English-language movies with the other 50 movies having 12 other languages as the primary soundtrack.

Those of us who live on planes will appreciate that 39 movies were added to the entertainment system effective Sept. 1. Among these, there are 12 new releases:

Aladdin, The Hustle, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Kursk, Late Night, Long Shot, Men In Black: International, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Rocketman, The Secret Life of Pets 2, The Sun Is Also a Star, X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Other featured movies for September include:

Focus (2015), Brokeback Mountain, Creed, The Intern, WALL-E , Wonder Woman, Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), El laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Frida, La Bamba, The Mambo Kings, McFarland USA, El Secreto de sus ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes), Selena, The Shape of Water, Stand and Deliver, West Side Story, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Coco, Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows)

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For those that’d rather catch up on TV while flying, there’s another 150 hours of TV programming. If you want to binge-watch on your long flight, there’s at least six episodes of the following programs:

  • Austin City Limits
  • Barry: Season 2
  • The Big Bang Theory: Season 2
  • Game of Thrones: Season 8
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1
  • Little Drummer Girl: Series 1
  • Local Natives
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1
  • Power: Season 2
  • Two and a Half Men: Season 9

Domestic Flights w/ IFE Screens

Aircraft: Airbus A321T, some Airbus A319, some Airbus A321, some Boeing 737-800

On domestic flights with built-in in-flight entertainment screens, there are 175 movies loaded into the system for September with a combined run-time of over 337 hours. Of these, 29 were added as of Sept. 1 including 12 new release films:

Aladdin, The Hustle, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Kursk, Late Night, Long Shot, Men In Black: International, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Rocketman, The Secret Life of Pets 2, The Sun Is Also a Star, X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Other featured movies for September include:

Aquaman, Creed II, Isn’t It Romantic, Little Woods, Shazam!, Focus (2015), Brokeback Mountain, Creed, Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate), El laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth), Frida, La Bamba, The Mambo Kings, McFarland USA, El Secreto de sus ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes), Selena, The Shape of Water, Stand and Deliver, West Side Story, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Coco, Una Mujer Fantástica (A Fantastic Woman), Todos lo Saben (Everybody Knows)

In addition, there are more than 143 hours of TV programming from around 75 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

  • Austin City Limits
  • Big Little Lies: Season 2
  • Black-ish: Season 5
  • Chernobyl: Season 1
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1
  • Parks and Recreation: Season 1
  • PAW Patrol: Season 3
  • Two and a Half Men: Season 9

Streaming on Gogo

Aircraft: some Airbus A319, Airbus A320, half of the Boeing 757s in the Hawaii fleet

Passengers flying on a domestic flight without in-flight entertainment screens aren’t necessarily out of luck. If your aircraft is one of the 151 with Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku connection, you can stream 175 different movies from the on-board router for free — no Wi-Fi purchase required. These add up to around 338 hours of run time.

Of the 30 new additions as of Sept. 1, there are 13 new releases:

All Is True, Broke Parents (aka, Drunk Parents), Family, The Hustle, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, Missing Link, Pet Sematary, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Rocketman, The Sun Is Also a Star, Teen Spirit, Tolkien

In addition, there are over 143 hours of TV programming from around 70 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

  • Austin City Limits
  • Big Little Lies: Season 2
  • Black-ish: Season 5
  • Chernobyl: Season 1
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1
  • Parks and Recreation: Season 1
  • PAW Patrol: Season 3
  • Two and a Half Men: Season 9

Streaming on ViaSat

Aircraft: some Airbus A319, most Airbus A321, all Airbus A321neo and Boeing 737 MAX, most Boeing 737-800

Passengers flying on a domestic flight without in-flight entertainment screens have options as well. If your aircraft is one of the 585 with ViaSat satellite-based Wi-Fi connection, you can stream 173 different movies from the on-board router for free — no Wi-Fi purchase required. These add up to around 334 hours of run time.

Of these, there are 30 new additions as of Sept. 1 including 13 new releases:

All Is True, Broke Parents (aka, Drunk Parents), Family, The Hustle, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, Missing Link, Pet Sematary, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Rocketman, The Sun Is Also a Star, Teen Spirit, Tolkien

In addition, there’s almost 143 hours of TV programming from around 70 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

  • Austin City Limits
  • Big Little Lies: Season 2
  • Black-ish: Season 5
  • Chernobyl: Season 1
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1
  • Parks and Recreation: Season 1
  • PAW Patrol: Season 3
  • Two and a Half Men: Season 9

Tablet Movies

Aircraft: Boeing 757s and 767s in business class

During one of its especially cheap phases, American Airlines management decided not to install built-in in-flight entertainment screens when retrofitting its internationally-configured Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, even in business class. While passengers in economy are stuck with just one option — see Overhead Screens below — business-class passengers get to watch in-flight entertainment from tablets.

The problems with these tablets are many. They typically aren’t available during taxi, takeoff or landing, as flight attendants pass them out after takeoff and collect them (well) before landing. The tablet screen size is much smaller than built-in in-flight entertainment screens, and it requires being plugged into one of the two power plugs at the seat. And, there are fewer options than on any other IFE option.

If you’re stuck with one of these sub-par business class products, you’ll have 85 movie options totaling more than 153 hours of run-time. Of these, 19 movies were added to the tablets as of Sept. 1 including 11 new releases:

Aladdin, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Kursk , Late Night, Long Shot, Men In Black: International, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Rocketman, The Secret Life of Pets 2, The Sun Is Also a Star, X-Men: Dark Phoenix

In addition, there’s 3 “classic” films and one documentary added to the tablets as of Sept. 1:

Crazy, Stupid, Love; Focus (2015), Ready Player One, Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk

For those who’d rather catch up on TV while flying overseas, there are another 124 hours of TV programming. If you want to binge-watch on your long flight, there’s at least five episodes of the following programs:

  • 30 Rock: Season 2
  • Austin City Limits
  • Barry: Season 2
  • The Big Bang Theory: Season 2
  • Billions – Season 1
  • Broad City: Season 5
  • Game of Thrones: Season 8
  • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1
  • The New Adventures of Old Christine: Season 1
  • Power: Season 2
  • Pretty Little Liars: Season 1
  • Schitt’s Creek: Season 1
  • Veep: Season 7

Overhead Screens

Aircraft: some Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757, Boeing 767

For planes equipped with overhead screens, most flights are going to get a selection of NBC TV programming. However, movies will be played on long-enough domestic flights, flights to Hawaii and Anchorage and international flights.

Download the AApp

One important thing to remember is that you’ll need to download the American Airlines app to stream in-flight entertainment to your mobile device. And the AA app isn’t the smallest app, so you’ll want to do this over Wi-Fi before the flight if you pay for mobile data. Either way, you’ll definitely need to download the app before you switch to flight mode. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for Wi-Fi services to download the AA app before being able to stream content for free.

This is particularly important on aircraft that don’t have IFE screens installed. These include:

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