FORT WORTH, Texas, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines,
the world's largest airline and founding member of the global oneworld(R)
Alliance, announced today it is providing new in-flight personal
entertainment media players that offer free on-demand video and audio
options for passengers in its premium-class cabins on transcontinental
flights. Additionally, American will begin conducting an entertainment
media player test on some of its MD80 aircraft that fly between Los Angeles
The introduction of the media players on transcontinental flights on
May 1 is part of American's plan to invest in the customer experience for
passengers flying in the First Class and Business Class cabins and to
continue to bolster the airline's competitive position. Passengers this
month will begin seeing the new personal entertainment media players on
Boeing 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft flying transcontinental routes between
New York and Los Angeles and between New York and San Francisco. In
addition, the media players will appear on 767-300 aircraft on the
Miami-San Francisco route in June.
"We've seen the popularity of personal entertainment media players
continue to grow over the last few years, and we brought this same concept
onboard our transcontinental flights to continue to improve the overall
customer experience," said Lauri Curtis, Vice President -- Onboard Service
at American Airlines. "Now customers can have complimentary on-demand
access to movies, music and television all in one handheld media player in
our First Class and Business Class cabins."
Transcontinental First Class and Business Class passengers will view
programming on media players with seven-inch, touch-screen monitors. Each
customer can easily place the portable unit for the best view possible.
Customers also receive Bose(R) QuietComfort(R) 3 Acoustic Noise
Cancelling(R) headphones to complete their audio or video sound experience
while onboard the aircraft. The system offers up to 12 feature films, up to
15 hours of pre- loaded television, news programs and music videos, 50
music CDs, and 14 American Airlines-branded audio channels.
Also beginning on May 1, American will conduct a four-month test using
a similar personal entertainment media player on eight MD80 flights that
operate daily between Los Angeles and Chicago. The test is scheduled to
last until Aug. 31. Passengers flying in First Class will be offered the
product for free. Economy Class passengers will be able to rent the media
The portable entertainment media players on the MD80 feature a 4.3-inch
monitor along with new complimentary high-quality earbud headsets.
Passengers will be able to choose up to five feature films, more than three
hours of a variety of television programming, up to two hours of the
Cartoon Network, music videos, 50 music CDs, and 14 American
Airlines-branded audio channels.
"We believe our passengers on the MD80 test will provide us with
valuable feedback about the entertainment product's capabilities and its
quality, content and value," Curtis said. "We'll use this feedback as we
evaluate whether or not to provide these media players -- or something
similar to them -- on the rest of our MD80 fleet in the future."
American's fleet of aircraft has received various upgrades over the
past two years and will continue to do so. Information about American's
aircraft upgrades is available at
About American Airlines
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Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in over 40
countries with more than 4,000 daily flights. The combined network fleet
numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site,
AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus
personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a
founding member of the oneworld(R) Alliance, which brings together some of
the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer
their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on
its own. Together, its members serve more than 600 destinations in over 135
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