American Airlines to offer inflight DVD video starting September 1

In an effort to make flying more comfortable, American Airlines will be the first Airline to offer DVD inflight video players on selected flights. Starting September 1, the offer is limited to first class passengers on selected flights between the United States and Europe and South America, becoming the first airline in the world to offer the new technology in scheduled service.

The Panasonic DVD players featuring 5.8-inch, high-resolution LCD (liquid
crystal display) screens American has chosen will enter service first on the
airline’s two nonstop MD-11 flights between Miami and Buenos Aires.
-American on Sept. 1 Will Become the World’s First Airline to Offer DVD
Inflight Video Players on Scheduled Flights

In a matter of weeks, American will expand the use of DVD players to first
class on MD-11 flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and London Gatwick, Chicago
O’Hare and London Heathrow, Miami and London Heathrow and Dallas/Fort Worth and Frankfurt.

Longer term, the airline will introduce the DVD players on international
routes served by the Boeing 767ER, initially offering the system in first
class, but then expanding its use to business class. Eventually, American will also introduce the units on long-haul domestic routes.

On DVD flights, each customer will receive at his or her seat a personal DVD
player along with a movie library containing up to 20 DVD discs of popular
movies. Titles will include comedies, action adventures and dramas.

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