ANZ removes IFE restrictions

18 Jun 2008 by Mark Caswell

Air New Zealand
has removed restrictions on its in-flight entertainment system being switched off
during take off and landing.

The carrier has
received regulatory approval for the move by reworking departure and arrival
procedures to accommodate safety briefings and in-flight announcements, and ensuring
that “the few seats with in-arm video screens” are stowed during take off for
safety reasons.

Passengers on ANZ’s aircraft between London and LA,
Hong Kong and Auckland will be the first to benefit from the loosening of
restrictions, as they are already fitted with seat-back TV screens. Later this
year the carrier’s short haul fleet of Boeing 767 and
A320 aircraft will be progressively fitted with new on-demand touch-screen
entertainment providing the same boarding to landing entertainment facilities,
and by December all of ANZ’s international short-haul and long-haul aircraft
will have personal seat-back entertainment.

The airline says the
move will add “at least an extra hour of viewing time
per flight”. Says Scott Carr, Air New Zealand’s
European general manager:

can spend a significant amount of time in their seat prior to departure,
especially with the time it takes to board a wide-body aircraft seating more
than 300 people. There’s also the time when the aircraft is waiting for air
traffic control clearance to land and descending to the airport when passengers
would not previously have had access to the entertainment system.”

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by Mark Caswell

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