Lufthansa upgrades IFE service on long-haul fleet

Lufthansa has enhanced its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering on the carrier’s long haul aircraft whilst migrating to a new Business Class and Premium Economy seat.

Recent IFE software and hardware upgrades that have been undertaken have enabled passengers traveling in all 3 classes to have access to the same content. Additionally, Lufthansa has increased IFE options by including 300 music CDs from various artists in a variety of genres and languages; doubling movie selections from 100 to 200 full length feature films; offering 200 TV shows from digital ‘boxed sets’ that provide multiple episodes of a given TV show; more family-friendly offerings for children including 10 films, 20 TV shows, audio books and audio CDs; an assortment of regional content for flights operating to Asia, India and the Middle East.
As well as the audio/visual IFE enhancements, Lufthansa has also begun the expansion of its in-flight internet service, FlyNet, that allows passengers to use their personal ‘Smart Devices’ to access internet content, email and text messaging.
The decision for these upgrades came in the 4th quarter of 2013 as Lufthansa aims to create a complete ’5-Star’ airline experience for all passengers. As of April 2014, approximately half of the long haul fleet will be updated with the new IFE systems which will continue throughout mid-2015 as the long-haul fleet goes through the process of having their new cabins installed.

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