Malaysia Airlines increases inflight entertainment content
Malaysia Airlines has increased the content of its inflight movies,
TV programmes and Songs Library on all Boeing 737-800, 777-200, 747-400
and new Airbus 330-300 aircraft in its fleet.
The new Boeing 737-800 also serves the KUL-CMB-KUL route.
Starting 2012, the national carrier has substantially increased the
in-flight entertainment (IFE) content by 100% for both Hollywood movies
from 30 to 60 and Audio CD selections from 200 to 400, 80% for TV
content from 94 to 170 programs and 50% for international movies from 24
Head of Customer Experience, Dato’ Mohd Salleh Ahmad Tabrani said,
“We are always looking for ways to enhance the inflight experience of
our customers and offer them more choices. They can now choose up to 60
Hollywood films, double the number offered when the IFE was first
installed. Included in this are brand new releases like Happy Feet Two
and The Adventures of Tin Tin, plus the top 10 highest grossing movies
of all times.”
“We want our customers to enjoy world class IFE experience during
their journeys with us. The increased content also means that they will
be able to watch something new every time they travel,” he added.
The airline plans to extend this upgrade later this year to cover the
contents of Going Places, its monthly travel magazine, Select, its
in-flight entertainment guide; and Temptations, the in-flight sales
catalogue. Malaysia Airlines B737-800 fleets are equipped with the AVOD
(Audio Video on Demand) system by Panasonic XSeries on selected routes
which enables passenger to control, view and listen to the IFE at their
own leisure. Its new Airbus 330-300 fleet has the latest Panasonic eX2
in-flight entertainment system where it can be programmed to route
specific while the B747-400 and B777-200 fleets are currently equipped
with s3000i from Panasonic.
Aviation Agency asks EU to delay airline carbon tax
The head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on
Tuesday urged the European Union to delay rolling out a carbon tax on
air travel next year, warning it could provoke trade wars.
“Non-European states see it as a direct attack on their sovereignty,”
the IATA's director general Tony Tyler told a forum on international
relations in Montreal.
“That is easy enough to understand when European states essentially
would be pocketing taxes for emissions by non-European carriers over the
sovereign territory of non-European states,” he explained.
Tyler warned the tax could provoke a trade war.
“No one wants a trade war. It seems to me states are clearly
preparing for the possibility... but it is not inevitable,” said the
head of the UN aviation agency that represents some 240 airlines
comprising 84 percent of total air traffic.