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Best in-flight entertainment among European and Middle Eastern airlines

(TRAVPR.COM) UK - September 12th, 2013 - In recent years, passenger expectations of in-flight entertainment have been growing. The airline industry has met these demands in various ways. Films, TV channels, a wide choice in music, on board Wi-Fi as well as an array of games are all part and parcel of increasingly sophisticated entertainment standards on international flights. To help travellers make the right choice when booking a flight, has scoured its archives of thousands of flight bookings across hundreds of airlines. The resulting study reveals the most popular airlines for 2013 and summarises their in-flight entertainment packages.

Popular airlines

According to ticket sales the most popular European and Middle Eastern airlines are: British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, KLM, Iberia, Etihad, Emirates, easyJet, Aeroflot and airberlin. Entertainment on these top airlines' flights is diverse and can do wonders in transforming a tedious long flight into a pleasant journey.

Top for in-flight entertainment

Etihad and Emirates both made the list of top 10 best airlines in the 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards for in-flight entertainment, both offering more comprehensive packages than most competitors across the categories.

On Emirates flights, around 80 different films are available for economy class passengers. Add 60 TV channels, 350 radio and CD channels, 40 games, e-mail and SMS facilities as well as free Wi-Fi and it is easy to see why Emirates is so popular. Similarly, Etihad's entertainment package, offers 78 films, 116 TV titles, 400 music albums, 14 radio channels and 30 games to economy class passengers.

Other scheduled airlines, such as British Airways and Air France, also provide a remarkable choice of 100 films, together with an unspecified number of TV channels, a selection of music and either audio books (British Airways) or games (Air France). Besides providing the usual entertainment package including 80 films and plenty of TV channels, KLM has also developed an app enabling passengers to use personal tablet devices in order to watch films. Lufthansa's 30 films, 110 TV titles, 200 CDs and 30 international radio channels will likewise help while away the hours during a flight. Iberia, Spain’s national airline, has a choice of 60 films, 80 TV titles, 300 music options and carries numerous games on its planes. Aeroflot comes up with 70 films along with TV, music, games and audio books. Most scheduled carriers also supply a selection of newspapers.

Neither easyJet nor airberlin have installed individual screens on their planes. However, airberlin passengers can enjoy films, radio channels and print media; whereas easyJet, in line with their no frills policy of keeping costs down, provides only an in-flight magazine.



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