Etihad is eliminating backup screens in low-cost economy cabins, but passengers will be able to watch movies and TV shows on their smartphones through a streaming service.
- The airline based in Abu Dhabi is adapting 23 Airbus A320 and A321 in its fleet
- To see the entertainment in flight, passengers must bring their own devices.
- The new seats will have an adjustable stand where you can place phones or tablets
Etihad Airways is eliminating the seatback screens of some of its aircraft in a cost-cutting exercise and, instead, will offer movies and television programs transmitted wirelessly to passengers.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline, which is embarking on a recovery strategy after years of heavy losses, announced a new economy-class product for its 23 A320 aircraft.
Passengers will be encouraged to connect their personal devices to an on-board broadcast service that does not rely on satellite Internet to watch entertainment content.
Etihad Airways is eliminating the seatback screens of some of its aircraft in a cost-cutting exercise and, instead, will offer movies and television programs transmitted wirelessly to passengers. In the photo are shown the new seats of & # 39; extra-spatial design & # 39; of the British firm Acro
All 23 A320s are expected to readjust in August, the airline said.
A senior executive added that the elimination of screens would save the airline 18 tons of weight per year.
The reduction of weight will mean that aircraft use less fuel, an important operating cost for all carriers.
However, Etihad says personal backup screens will remain the standard in the economic cabins of the airline's large aircraft Airbus and Boeing.
The retroactive adjustment program will include & # 39; extra-spatial design & # 39; No screens of the British company Acro installed on the plane.
Etihad says that the next-generation seats will provide a comfortable "living space" and more space for the knees.
A senior Etihad executive said the elimination of screens would save the airline 18 tons of weight per year. New seats have fast charging USB ports and supports for phones and tablets
The seats have also been designed to offer fast charging USB ports and an adjustable support for phone and tablet.
The A320s are mainly used on short-distance regional flights, but also in cities within five hours of flight from Abu Dhabi, Etihad said.
The airline has reduced its growth ambitions and is focusing on point-to-point traffic.