Portable IFE players to be distributed on BA's new A318 service

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British Airways (BA) has divulged further details about the in-flight entertainment (IFE) to be offered on its planned all-business Airbus A318 transatlantic service, revealing that portable IFE players will be provided to passengers instead of installed systems.

Earlier this week, the carrier said it would offer a system on the A318 similar to the Rockwell Collins in-seat platform already in operation on its Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft.

In a message today, the carrier clarified that while the content will be similar to that offered on BA's 747s and 777s, "the actual device will be an individual, hand-held media player that's going to be delivered onboard [the A318s] by our crew".

The media players will be pre-loaded with a selection of music, movies, TV programmes, radio programmes and games.

Specific details about the content as well the identity of the supplier will be confirmed "closer to launch", says BA.

In-flight mobile connectivity provider OnAir will provide mobile connectivity to passengers aboard the aircraft.

BA will launch the premium service in late October between London City and New York JFK.