700th Delta Aircraft with Seatback Entertainment Screens Takes Off

Economy on Delta's A330neo (Photo: Delta)

Delta Air Lines is doubling down on the passenger experience. After the carrier’s choice to invest in an improved onboard experience for international economy class passengers, the Atlanta-based carrier continues with its roll-out plan to equip more and more aircraft with seatback screens to deliver its Delta Studio in-flight entertainment.

Delta has recently announced that now more than 700 aircraft in its fleet are equipped with seatback TVs. Additionally, the airline announced that its seatback entertainment systems will soon include episodes from some of the most popular Hulu series.

“Customers continue to tell us entertainment is a top priority,” said Ekrem Dimbiloglu, Director – Onboard Product and Customer Experience.

“That’s why we keep extending our lead in having more aircraft with seatback 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.”

The Hulu content that will soon be available to Delta customers includes episodes from series like The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project, Castle Rock, and The Act, as well as movies such as Batman and Bill, Fyre Fraud, Minding the Gap and Into the Dark: New Year, New You.

This new content will be in addition to the more than 3,000 movies and music programs already available to passengers in all classes, who can all avail of this feature free of charge. Although seatback TVs are available on more and more aircraft in the Delta fleet, passengers can still choose to stream the contents on their personal devices on all Delta mainline aircraft and most regional aircraft if they wish too.

This milestone comes as Delta is introducing the next generation of its in-flight entertainment on the newest aircraft of its fleet, the Airbus A330-900neo, recently introduced on the Seattle-Shanghai route. The aircraft features wireless screens in every cabin – with 10.1” screens in Main Cabin and Delta Comfort+, 13.3” screens in Delta Premium Select and 18.5” screens in Delta One. All passengers can also access high-speed internet access and free in-flight messaging, as part of Delta Air Line’s commitment to move towards free WiFi.

Vanni Gibertini

Vanni fell in love with commercial aviation during his undergraduate studies in Statistics at the University of Bologna, when he prepared his thesis on the effects of deregulation on the U.S. and European aviation markets. Then he pursued his passion further by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Air Transport Management at Cranfield University in the U.K. followed by holding several management positions at various start-up carriers in Europe (Jet2, SkyEurope, Silverjet). After moving to Canada, he was Business Development Manager for IATA for nine years before turning to his other passion: sports writing.
Vanni Gibertini