700+ Delta Air Lines Aircraft Now Have Inflight Entertainment

Delta Air Line’s latest News Hub update recently announced that it has equipped its 700th aircraft with in-flight entertainment screens. This, according to the airline, is more than any other airline in the world. The airline says to its newsletter subscribers: “Frequent flyers and TV buffs, rejoice: Delta is doubling down on expanding entertainment.”

Delta A350-900
Every Delta A350 seat includes an in-flight entertainment system. Photo: Wikimedia

With its 700th aircraft now equipped with seat-back screens, Delta says it is “giving more customers than ever before convenient access to its industry-leading Delta Studio lineup”. This achievement comes with the announcement that Delta will be including some Hulu original programming in its in-flight line-up.

“Customers continue to tell us entertainment is a top priority…That’s why we keep extending our lead in having more aircraft with seat-back entertainment than any other airline in the world, and continue partnering with entertainment giants like Hulu to bring customers at-home favorites at 30,000 feet. These investments reinforce Delta’s reputation as the entertainment airline.” – Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Director – Onboard Product and Customer Experience.

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The Hulu programming

Delta’s new partnership with Hulu allows its customers to watch award-winning Hulu Original content on board. In fact, this will begin next month and include hits like “The Handmaid’s Tale” recent Emmy®-nominee “The Act,” must-watch documentaries like “Fyre Fraud,” and more.

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Here’s a full list of Hulu Originals coming on board in August according to the Delta newsletter:

TitleGenreEpisodes
The Handmaid’s TaleDramaS1 Episodes 1-3
The Mindy ProjectComedyS4 Episodes 1-6
Marvel’s RunawaysAction, Sci-FiS1 Episodes 1-3
Castle RockDrama, HorrorS1 Episodes 1-3
CasualComedyS1 Episodes 1-4
Light As A FeatherThrillerS1 Episodes 1-3
The ActCrime, DramaS1 Episodes 1-3
ShrillComedyS1 Episodes 1-3
Batman and BillDocumentaryFilm
Fyre FraudDocumentaryFilm
Ask Dr. RuthDocumentaryFilm
Minding the GapDocumentaryFilm
Into the Dark: New Year, New YouHorrorFilm
Delta A220 interior
Unlike some other operators of the same aircraft, Delta’s A220 fleet includes seat-back entertainment. Photo: Delta

Other inflight entertainment

This new content from Hulu adds to the 3,000+ movies, TV shows and music options already available through Delta Studio. This content varies depending on the aircraft and route but is overall free of charge to all customers in all cabins. In addition to investing in seat-back entertainment, customers can choose to stream Delta Studio to their personal devices on the airline’s entire mainline fleet and most regional aircraft.

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Bucking the trend

This achievement further solidifies Delta’s reputation as the U.S. carrier that is working hard to improve the passenger experience in all classes. This includes the economy experience – especially for international flights. In fact, economy passengers flying international will soon get to experience a “welcome-aboard drink”, hot towel service and a chocolate treat as the flight nears arrival.

Then there’s the fact that Delta is working to have free inflight WiFi by 2021. WiFi service is one way the airline is hoping to boost customer appreciation. The airline currently offers WiFi service but charges $16 per day when traveling in North America. Furthermore, frequent flyers can opt to pay $599.99 for a year of service. However, the good news is that by 2021 these fees will be eliminated and all passengers will be able to enjoy WiFi service free of charge.

The main cabin of Delta’s Airbus A350. Photo: Flickr user airbus777

Conclusion

Finally, let’s be clear – this is NOT a sponsored article. However, from my own point of view in covering aviation news, it does seem like Delta Air Lines is making all the right moves when it comes to trying to make their customers happy.

How do you think Delta compares with the other U.S. airlines? Is it a very distinct service or is there more that can be done?

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Emre

I really appreciate Delta’s efforts to improve their passenger experience. They can easily beat American’s inadequate hard product and United’s horrific service which really doesn’t care about passenger satisfaction. Delta is even better than some European carriers.

RICHARD JOHNSON JR

Are the only planes that don’t have inflight entertainment is the MD88/90’s and the regional jets?

Matt

I’m pretty sure that’s the case.

Matt

Delta is the best of the big domestic three. Flying on United today is pretty much torture. That’s not saying much though. I’ll paraphrase Jeremy Clarkson. “This is a Delta Airlines, probably the best of the US Carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying, Oh good, I’ve got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!”