Turkish Airlines has renovated its in-flight entertainment (IFE) to be more user friendly.

The airline’s IFE interface has been re-designed with feedback from “professional usability and user experience laboratories” to make the wide array of digital entertainment and information easily accessible to its flyers.

The entertainment section encompasses a range of movies and TV shows from across the globe. New IFE features allow passengers to filter their search as per genre and IMDb (imdb.com) ratings. It extends to music and games too.

There is also a recently added “Accessible Movies” category with subtitles or voice recordings dubbed for visually challenged or hearing impaired passengers.

The improved 3D map gives passengers impressions about the current flight including position, cockpit, right and left window views, and virtual imagery accompanied with realistic animations and real time updates on the distance from the port of disembarkation, current altitude and geographical features of the land below.

Passengers can switch on the “Do Not Disturb” mode, which lets the cabin crew know if  they need to wake you for meals and if you wish to be left alone during the flight.

Further, the business class cabins now have an additional handset with a second screen, apart from the personal one on the IFE. This means, passengers can simultaneously enjoy movies on the IFE whilst tracking the flight status on their handsets.

A press release by the airline further reveals the airline’s future plans: “Turkish Airlines has started to research its eXPhone service, in close cooperation with Panasonic/AeroMobile, on a B777 TC-LJJ aircraft with test flights in January. This service will enable passengers to access the internet securely, read and answer emails and text messages or update social media profiles from their mobile devices.” Should the feedback from the cabin crew and passengers be successful, the airline will instal the eXPhone service on its other aircraft this year.


Netra Venkateshwaran