Five outstanding IFE upgrades

15 Jul 2015 by Clement Huang


AVAILABILITY Premium economy from August 9 on the Singapore–Sydney route, followed by Singapore–Hong Kong and Singapore–London routes on August 20.

WHY IT IS OUTSTANDING It features the largest screen of this cabin class. This, combined with noise-cancelling headphones and a generous KrisWorld catalogue of over 80 on demand movies ensure that premium economy customers will have a top IFE experience.

INFO The US$80 million that Singapore Airlines has invested to develop its upcoming premium economy class will pay dividends when it welcomes passengers in August. The new cabin class will feature a 13.3-inch HD monitor, which is nearly three-inches larger than Cathay Pacific’s award-winning premium economy product (10.6 inches). Even the new and excellent China Airlines premium economy seat only comes with a 12.1-inch screen.



AVAILABILITY B787, B777-300ER, B777-200ER, B767-300ER all routes

WHY IT IS OUTSTANDING Multilingual entertainment options

INFO Having introduced a brand new inflight entertainment system earlier this year, All Nippon Airways’ (ANA) flights now offer 351 channels, including 51 movie channels, and programmes in 13 languages. Seventy per cent of the content screened will be in 13 languages, ANA said. The languages are Japanese, English, French, German, Korean, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Thai, Tagalog and Hindi.


AVAILABILITY All long-haul flights

WHY IT IS OUTSTANDING An entire channel dedicated to original dramas by American premium cable channel, HBO

INFO The Flying Kangaroo has partnered with American network HBO to bring popular TV shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective to the skies. Cult classics such as The Soporanos and Sex and The City will also be available. For the next six months, 20 hours of drama, comedy and documentary content will be added to the HBO channel every month. Three new Foxtel channels will also be added, representing 160 hours of fresh content over the coming months.


AVAILABILITY Select widebody aircraft

WHY IT IS OUTSTANDING Live television available inflight

INFO Passengers flying on select Etihad Airways flights are able to catch eight television channels live in real-time, including BBC World News, BBC Arabic, Euronews and Sport 24. In particular, sports aficionados will appreciate being able to watch live Premier League football games while in the air.



AVAILABILITY All commercial flights

WHY IT IS OUTSTANDING An impressive catalogue of Oscar winning and nominated films, as well as the entire collection of the billion-dollar Marvel film franchise

INFO Qatar Airways has doubled the number of movies and TV shows that it has on board, and now offers 2,000 entertainment channels, including 200 audio tracks and 50 games. The Gulf carrier is also known for its excellent line-up of Oscar-winning movies during the Academy Award season. Examples include this year’s Best Movie and Best Director flick Birdman, and The Theory of Everything starring Best Actor winner Eddie Redmayne. And if that wasn't enough, the Gulf carrier has just announced that it is offering the complete collection of Marvel superhero movies onboard! This includes all 11 Marvel movies from the very first Iron Man all the way to Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Clement Huang

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