Airplanes are modern marvels of passenger transportation and freight delivery alike, but sometimes, a commercial liner’s flight may be very long, such as a flight from Tokyo to Seattle or Berlin to Mexico City. On lengthy flights such as these, it is up to passengers to find ways to occupy themselves while spending hours in the plane’s cabin in a seat, but today, there are more options than ever for keeping oneself occupied and content during these long flights. Inflight entertainment has become an industry in itself, and major airlines have plenty of incentive to outsource this entertainment method to get IFE monitors installed in their aircraft. IFE monitors, and the electronic systems supporting them, can be great for in flight video, and they have supporting systems such as inseat USB systems and an inseat power supply as well. Who flies on planes, and how can airlines keep those passengers occupied?
Passengers and Entertainment
Air travel is a big business, and just over eight million people fly on airplanes every single day, on average. The three-billion mark was passed for the first time in 2013, when the total passenger number reached 3.1 billion. $2.5 billion a day is spent in the United States for domestic and foreign travelers in airlines, which equates to $105.8 million per hour, and in 2014 alone, that total reached $644.9 billion. Around 78% of these trips are taken for leisure rather than business, and while a traveling business professional may have documents and other work to occupy him or herself with, most other passengers find other ways to keep themselves amused.
With or without IFE monitors and an inflight entertainment system, passengers have ways of occupying themselves for hours on end. Some 21% of passengers may bring reading material on board, from books to magazines or essays or works of fiction on a reading tablet. Around 17% simply pass the time by napping, or even going into deeper sleep, and a comfortable blanket, pillow, and eye cover can make sleep possible. Meanwhile, 41% of airline passengers like to watch movies, and this can be done either on personal DVD players and laptops, or through movies provided by the airline on IFE monitors. A variety of movies may be available for viewing, although fees may be charged for them.
According to Imagik Corp, airlines have incentive to keep their IFE monitors and entertainment hardware and software competitive and ready for use. Customers may base their choice in airline based on the amenities on board, and around 25% of respondents to a survey said that they would prefer an airline that provides Wi-Fi, and with 41% of travelers wanting to watch movies during flights, many potential passengers may pass up on an airline if its IFE monitors and software minimal or absent. Because of this, good quality IFE monitors and a desirable selection of movies can give an airline a bigger share of the huge profits being made every year if they attract more customers. Some passengers see air travel as a luxury, and they want their inflight experience to reflect that.