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In-flight entertainment systems

Illustrated below is a quick reference guide to help you match the IFE system with the aircraft type operating your flight:

BA Media Centre releases:
15 September 2015 [Press release in full]
The first of 18 of British Airways’ much-loved Boeing 747s with a refreshed interior and state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment system is taking to the skies from Heathrow to New York JFK this week.

The revamped jumbos will now operate on selected flights to New York JFK, Chicago, Lagos, Dubai, Boston, Riyadh and Kuwait, with further routes added in summer 2016.

The aircraft will be fitted with Panasonic’s next generation eX3 entertainment system, which will give customers a choice of over 1,300 hours of entertainment including more than 130 movies and 400 TV programmes on larger, hi-resolution screens, capable of touch and swipe gestures, giving the system the familiar feel of using a tablet.

Lightweight in design, the system from Panasonic Avionics Corporation also helps to reduce the amount of fuel used by the aircraft.

As part of the upgrade, customers in World Traveller Plus will now have access to a universal power socket at every seat, capable of accepting plugs from the UK, US and Europe. In addition, World Traveller customers will have their own personal USB socket to power phones and tablets.

09 December 2015 [Press release in full]
Super surround sound is now being introduced to top Hollywood blockbusters on British Airways’ long-haul flights. Advances in technology mean anyone flying in any cabin, using either their own headphones or those offered by British Airways, can hear the amazing new 3-D surround sound. The first movies to use the high-tech audio tracks on the airline’s flights are Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Guy Ritchie’s retro-hit, The Man from U.N.C.L.E..

Richard D’Cruze, British Airways’ in-flight entertainment manager said: “3-D surround sound adds a whole new dimension to watching your favourite movie, giving greater depth which really immerses you in the action and unfolding drama. “We’re always looking for new ways to make flying with British Airways even better so when we heard about 3-D sound, we were determined to bring this latest innovation to our customers.” You can hear the difference between standard sound and new 3-D sound by comparing these two clips of Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, on British Airways’ YouTube channel:

Jason Haney, brand account manager at Spafax, the team behind bringing the new sound technology to British Airways, said: “It’s brilliant that British Airways customers can have access to this latest hi-tech development on flights around the world.” 3-D audio is achieved by taking the original 5.1 surround sound mix and creating a stereo encode which can be used on any in-flight entertainment system. Using any pair of headphones it gives customers an immersive audio experience where the action appears to sound as though it’s happening all around them. While not every movie will be adapted to the new technology, British Airways plans to add more films with 3-D sound to flights over the coming months.

British Airways has also started to roll out a new range of headphones for customers in every cabin offering better sound reproduction and greater reliability. Those travelling in First, Club World and World Traveller Plus will be able to listen to movies, TV shows and audio tracks through headphones with improved noise cancelling technology, while those flying in World Traveller can use new silicone tipped earbuds offering greater noise isolation and comfort, which they can take home with them.

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