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Air Carrier Adds Free Entertainment

5 Jun, 2002 By: Hive News

Air carrier American Trans Air, Inc. (ATA) has begun offering free inflight entertainment on most of its scheduled service, military charter and Ambassadair Travel Club flights.

Travelers may watch short subjects, videos and, on flights of three hours or more, movies on state-of-the-art, drop down video screens using the programmable audio-visual entertainment system (PAVES).

"We are pleased to offer our customers the latest in advanced video technology to enhance their travel experience," said Don Moonjian, ATA VP of Marketing. “Customers will find the movies and short subject programs contemporary and our flight attendants will discover that using PAVES is convenient and user friendly, allowing them more time to tend to the needs of passengers."

Each month passengers will enjoy a new movie release. Feature movies this summer include Spy Game and A Beautiful Mind in June, The Rookie and High Crimes in July and Spider-Man and Changing Lanes in August.

The new wrinkle in this system is that passengers access the new inflight system is using their own headsets from home or portable stereos or purchase a new headset from ATA for $1. Passengers may then use the headset on future flights or with their own home or portable units because of a two-prong plug that folds down so it can fit into a one-prong or a two-prong outlet.

For the time being all inflight entertainment is available in English only, but the carrier plans to offer two Spanish channels as well.

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