Qantas has announced plans to roll out inflight entertainment capabilities to jet aircraft operated by its regional subsidiary QantasLink.
Customers will be able to stream content onto their personal devices, using the Qantas Entertainment app.
The first A320 aircraft has been fitted with the technology, with over 50 B717, Fokker 100, A320 and Embraer E190s (operated by Alliance Airline, in which Qantas owns a 20 per cent stake) set to follow by the second half of 2022.
The service is already available on selected dual-cabin B717 aircraft, as well as the Qantas B737s and A330s which fly domestically, and the group said that once the rollout was complete inflight entertainment would be offered on up to 180 Qantas and QantasLink aircraft.
The carrier said that passengers would be able to stream over 2,500 hours of movies, TV series and audiobooks through the app, as well as having access to more content through streaming service Stan.
The Qantas Entertainment app can be downloaded from the Apple store and Google Play – more information is available here.
“Customers tell us they value being able to take time for themselves inflight to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema,” said Qantas group chief customer officer Stephanie Tully.
“This investment means more of our customers will have access to inflight entertainment, particularly when travelling to smaller capital cities and regional centres.
“In a normal year, our customers watch more than 20 million hours of movies and TV shows while flying with us, so we know our streaming service is incredibly popular, especially on longer domestic routes.
“In addition to inflight entertainment, Qantas customers and Frequent Flyers enjoy our premium service when they travel with us, whether it’s complimentary food and drinks, baggage, fast and free wifi or access to a network of 35 lounges around Australia.
“With Australia’s vaccination rollout gaining momentum we expect the demand for travel will quickly return as restrictions ease. Improvements like this will make it even better when it does.”