Monday, 6 September 2021

Flying with QantasLink is about to get a whole lot more entertaining......

Flying with the Australian regional and local carrier QantasLink is about to get a whole lot more entertaining.  The airline's jet aircraft are all set to get a bit of an entertaining upgrade from the end of this month. 

For the first time passengers travelling on more than 50 Boeing 717, Fokker 100, Airbus A320 and service partner Alliance Airline’s Embraer E190 aircraft will soon be able to stream more than 2,500 hours of premiere movies including Cruella and Black Widow, binge-worthy TV series such as Billions and Mare of Easttown and audiobooks via the Qantas Entertainment app to their own personal device.

QantasLink passengers will also have access to even more content through the carrier's streaming partner Stan, including exclusive TV shows and Stan Original films. Plus it is all quite simple to do,  as the app can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store and Google Play prior to departure. Additionally, inflight entertainment can be accessed via a browser for anyone who does not have the app loaded on their device.

Qantas Group Chief Customer Officer Stephanie Tully said when the rollout was complete, inflight entertainment would be available on up to 180 Qantas and QantasLink aircraft.  "Customers tell us they value being able to take time for themselves inflight to catch up on their favourite TV shows or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema."

This massive investment by Qantas will mean more of the group's customers will have access to inflight entertainment, particularly when travelling to smaller regional centres and state capitals.

Tully continued "In a normal year, our customers watch more than 20 million hours of movies and TV shows while flying with us, so we know our streaming service is incredibly popular, especially on longer domestic routes.  In addition to inflight entertainment, Qantas customers and Frequent Flyers enjoy our premium service when they travel with us, whether it’s complimentary food and drinks, baggage, fast and free Wi-Fi or access to a network of 35 lounges around Australia.

With Australia’s vaccination rollout gaining momentum we expect the demand for travel will quickly return as restrictions ease. Improvements like this will make it even better when it does." 

The entertainment upgrade has already started, one of QantasLink’s A320 aircraft was fitted out last week and the streaming technology will be progressively installed right across all QantasLink jet aircraft, with the entire fleet covered by the second half of 2022.

Inflight entertainment via the Qantas Entertainment App is currently offered on QantasLink’s dual-cabin 717 aircraft and the Qantas 737 and A330 fleets that fly domestically. The 737s and domestic A330s also feature free, high-speed WiFi.

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