Delta Partners To Offer Disney+ Streaming Onboard

Delta Air Lines aircraft equipped with inflight entertainment systems will have new and exclusive content available now. The airline announced this week that it has entered a partnership with Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. The Disney+ content will be part of Delta Studio – a service that is free of charge to all passengers onboard.

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Content is available to all passengers with a seatback entertainment system, regardless of cabin. Photo: Delta News Hub via Flickr

“We know how much our customers value entertainment on board. That’s why we have installed seat-back screens in over 700 aircraft and continue to forge partnerships with entertainment giants like The Walt Disney Company to bring more diversity and variety to the entertainment options we offer in flight.” -Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Director of Onboard Product and Brand Experience

The content on offer

According to Inside the Magic, the following film titles are included in the In-Flight Entertainment Spotlight for the month of December.

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  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Captain Marvel
  • Coco
  • Finding Nemo
  • Free Solo
  • Frozen
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Parent Trap
  • Remember the Titans
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Toy Story 3
  • Up

Inside the Magic also notes that Delta has done something like this before. In fact, the airline partnered with Hulu and Spotify for additional content onboard their flights. It’s a big step for both Delta and Disney, with the streaming service very new, it’s competing with the likes of Netflix and HBO. While Disney has branched out from family-friendly content, there is still so much from the studio that is great for kids – especially useful when flying those long-haul flights!

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Delta’s IFE has a wide assortment of content. Photo: Simple Flying

Free Disney+ trial for SkyMiles members

Delta SkyMiles members flying on certain routes will also have access to a 14-day trial of Disney+. Subscribers are also able to download films and shows to their mobile devices and stream offline, free of charge – particularly useful for certain Delta Connection flights that don’t include an inflight entertainment system. For those who decide to keep the streaming service after the trial period, they will be charged $6.99 USD per month.

Disney’s new streaming service includes everything from Disney, obviously. The service also offers Marvel Studios content as well as productions by Lucasfilm, National Geographic, Pixar, and more.

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Delta has also partnered with Hulu and Spotify in the past to offer branded content. Photo: Delta

Conclusion

This is fantastic news for travelers flying Delta – especially for those long-haul, transoceanic flights where a good movie (or four) helps to pass the time. It is a little bit peculiar that Disney+ didn’t first have a partnership with United since one of their jets is fully wrapped in a Star Wars-themed livery (Disney owns the Star Wars franchise now).

Of the non-U.S. airlines, carriers ANA, LATAM and Virgin Atlantic also have aircraft with Star Wars-themed liveries. However, it makes the most sense that Disney+ would focus its marketing efforts on the United States first.

Would you choose a Delta flight just for this exclusive offering? How often do you access the inflight entertainment system on your travels? Let us know in the comments!

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United to team up with Star Wars in the lead up to the release of The Rise of Skywalker. Photo: United Airlines
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