Discover which airlines provide the best in-flight entertainment including the best quality, best choice and variery, and most up-to-date films and TV shows.
On most long-haul flights, and even some medium-haul and short-haul flights, passengers get to enjoy some entertainment during their flight. This is a great way to pass the time during your flight, or to entertain young children when flying, or simply catch up on your favourite TV show.
The quality of the in-flight entertainment service can be affected by a number of different things, such as the size and quality of the screen that it is displayed on, or the variety of content available such as having movies, TV shows, podcasts, music and games as opposed to just films. Similarly, within each category, it is good to have a wide range of genres, such as romance, dramas and comedies so that they appeal to all audiences. Planes are also places to watch the latest blockbusters, so the date that these films were released is also a good sign of good entertainment if they are recent.
However, different airlines will provide different standards for in-flight entertainment. Traditionally, full-service airlines would typically have the best in-flight entertainment service, with ultra-low-cost carriers cutting on this to keep costs down. However, this is not always the case today, so we've put together a list of the best airlines for their entertainment.
Qantas Airlines offer one of the most impressive range of TV shows and movies to keep travellers of any age entertained. Not only does it include Disney movies, classic films and the latest thrillers, but also Spotify, Aubidle and high-speed Wi-Fi. In fact, on some aircraft there are over 1500 entertainment options consisting of 100 movies, 500 TV episodes, 800 music options, over 15 radio channels and daily news coverage. There's no question why this airline's in-flight entertainment system was ranked 6th in the world by Skytrax for the World's Best Inflight Entertainment in 2019.
Emirates has been ranked by Skytrax as the number 1 airline in the world for best in-flight entertainment in 2019. The entertainment is delivered on its new Ice system, which offers over 2500 entertainment options from movies, TV shows, music and games. The airline was also great for attracting the global customer, as it offers this entertainment in multiple languages. In addition, the airline offers these with audio description and closed captions, making is suitable for passengers who are visually or audibly impaired. The ice system features high-spec widescreen personal devices, making for the best experience. Their most original entertainment option is the ability to learn or brush up on language skills, which features Arabic, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Delta Airlines offer great in-flight entertainment, but particularly for children and kids. Children can enjoy hours of entertainment on the app, such as stories, sing-alongs and TV shows. Adults can stay entertained with the peace of mind that their children are also entertained, so can enjoy a selection of the award-winning movies and TV shows, which are often updated with the latest blockbusters or episodes.
Singapore Airlines was awarded a third place in Skytrax's 'World's Best Inflight Entertainment' for 2019. The airline provides over 1800 entertainment options, from TV shows, games and movies. Passengers can choose to watch this entertainment on their in-seat screen or on their own devices. The airline also has in-seat outlets, meaning that you don't have to worry about the battery life of your devices.
Virgin Atlantic was actually the first airline to introduce the in-seat TV screens back in the 1990s for all classes. today, the airline is still flying high with its entertainment, winning fourth place in Skytrax's Inflight Entertainment award for 2019. This comes as a result of its great selection of Hollywood and world films, captivating TV shows and binge-able series. The airline also offers WiFi on a wide range of its fleet.
JetBlue was a brand that prided itself, and built its brand around, the fact that it had screens in the back of every seat. However, in 2019 the airline has begun upgrading its systems, furthering its claim as one of the best airlines for inflight entertainment. The airline has already begun replacing its personal TV screens with better HD versions of them. In addition, they are partnering with great entertainment providers such as TV shows such as Shameless and Billions, and also Spotify for podcasts. In addition, the airline has an original entertainment feature of a meditation session from the screen seat, which is a great addition, especially for nervous flyers.