In-flight entertainment has been re-introduced in domestic flights in India on Friday with Jet Airways rolling out its new app-based system that fliers could use to stream videos and a wide variety of content on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Currently domestic air travellers have little options other than sifting through in-flight magazines on board. Though Kingfisher once offered the facility but currently no airline has such an option.
Now, JetScreen, the new in-flight entertainment service is available on five Boeing 737s plying on busy domestic and international routes in the inaugural phase, said airline officials.
More than 220 hours of video and audio content such as Hollywood and Indian movies, TV shorts, music and interactive games are part of the spread, added officials.
Fliers will have to download an app and switch their phones to aeroplane mode to get access to the content.
“In-flight entertainment is a key element of Jet Airways’ full-service experience. Our selection of the best entertainment content across genres is aimed at enriching the inflight experience of our guests. Streaming of content on personal devices has become extremely popular globally, and we are confident that this initiative, will appeal to all our guests especially the millennials who prefer to access content on the move,” said Gaurang Shetty, whole-time director with Jet Airways.
Many international airlines such as Australia’s flagship carrier Quantas were among the first to offer such service.