Emirates introduces new inflight entertainment system

4 Dec 2015 by Clement Huang

Emirates is introducing an upgraded inflight entertaintment (IFE) system to new aircraft joining its fleet.

Customers in the airline’s top-tier cabin can expect 32-inch IFE screens – a 40 per cent increase from the previous 27-inch models.

Meanwhile, economy class passengers will enjoy IFE screen sizes of 13.3 inches – the largest in the industry by far. As a comparison, Singapore Airlines’ new premium economy seat offers the same IFE screen size, and is also the largest in its class.

No changes have been announced for business class, which sports a 23-inch widescreen and remains one of the largest in the industry for its class.

32-inch IFE screen in first class

The new IFE system, ice Digital Widescreen boasts three times the media storage compared to the previous generation - a total of 4,300 hours of entertainment.

This translates to 2,186 channels of on-demand entertainment, including 50 full television box sets and close to 600 movies, plus 1,230 music channels.

New economy class IFE screen

The system features a multilingual interface in 14 languages.

“Our new generation ice system elevates the viewing experience, and offers passengers the most comprehensive movie and TV selection on any airline,’ said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates’ divisional vice president – customer experience.

Currently available in economy on the two-class A380 serving Copenhagen, the upgraded system will be fitted in first and economy on all newly-delivered B777-300ER and A380 aircraft.

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Clement Huang

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