What’s on American Airlines Inflight Entertainment in April 2019

Apr 9, 2019

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While making the passenger-unfriendly decision to remove inflight entertainment screens from its domestic aircraft during retrofits, American Airlines is investing in IFE in other ways, from free streaming entertainment through Wi-Fi to live TV on more than 820 aircraft.

While the choices are similar across many aircraft, there are six different sets of inflight entertainment that you might find on AA aircraft this month. So, to help you figure out which will be on your flight, American Airlines has launched an inflight entertainment site letting you search your flight details to see exactly which entertainment options are supposed to be on your flight.

That site is going to be the most straight-forward way of seeing your options; as you can tell from the grid below that the IFE option(s) by aircraft type can be quite complex. Once you find the aircraft type operating your flight, use the table of contents below to see your IFE options in April 2019:

Aircraft Type International Domestic Gogo ViaSat Tablet Overhead Live TV
Airbus A319 (LUS) X X
Airbus A319 (LAA) (some) (most) X
Airbus A320 X X
Airbus A321 (some) (most) (most)
Airbus A321neo X X
Airbus A321T X X
Airbus A330-200 X X
Airbus A330-300 X X
Boeing 737 MAX X X
Boeing 737-800 (some) (most) (some) (most)
Aircraft Type International Domestic Gogo ViaSat Tablet Overhead Live TV
Boeing 757 (Hawaii) (some) X (some)
Boeing 757 (int’l) Biz X X
Boeing 767-300 Biz X X
Boeing 777-200 X X
Boeing 777-300 X X
Boeing 787-8 X X
Boeing 787-9 X X

In This Post

International Flights

Aircraft: Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Boeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9

There’s a whopping 267 movies on American Airlines’ international aircraft IFE repertoire — adding up to more than 513 hours of combined run time. Of these movies, 222 are English-language movies with the other 45 movies having 14 other languages as the primary soundtrack.

Those of us who live on planes will appreciate that 42 movies were added to the entertainment system effective April 1. Among these, there are 15 new releases:

Ben is Back, Creed II, Free Solo, The Hate U Give, Holmes & Watson, Jonathan, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, On the Basis of Sex, Pandas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Stan & Ollie, Vice, Vox Lux

The 14 “classic” movies added April 1 include:

The Adjustment Bureau, Call Me By Your Name, Chicago, Creed, Date Night, The Fighter, Like Crazy, Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, Mary Poppins, Planes, The Prestige, The Runaway Bride, Same Kind of Different as Me, Skyfall, Spy

There’s a total of 39 Oscar winners on the list of 267 movies:

12 Years a Slave, Alien, All the President’s Men (1976), Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Braveheart, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Casablanca (1942), Coco, Crazy Heart, Dead Poets Society, The Departed, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, Gravity, The Help, Hidden Figures, The Hurt Locker, Inception, The Incredibles, Jaws, JFK, Juno, The King’s Speech, La La Land, The Last King of Scotland, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Mad Max: Fury Road, Midnight in Paris, Million Dollar Baby, Monsters Inc., Moulin Rouge, Slumdog Millionaire, Spotlight, Titanic, Top Gun, Training Day, WALL-E, Whiplash

For those that’d rather catch up on TV while flying, there’s another 174 hours of TV programming. If you want to binge-watch on your long flight, there’s at least seven episodes of the following programs:

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 5
  • Game of Thrones: Season 7
  • Killing Eve: Season 1
  • The Revivalists
  • Westworld: Season 2
  • The White Princess: Season 1

Domestic Flights w/ IFE Screens

Aircraft: Airbus A321T, some Airbus A319, some Airbus A321, some Boeing 737-800

On domestic flights with built-in inflight entertainment screens, there are 175 movies loaded into the system for April. Of these, 32 were added as of April 1 including 15 new release films:

Ben is Back, Creed II, Free Solo, The Hate U Give, Holmes & Watson, Jonathan, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, On the Basis of Sex, Pandas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Stan & Ollie, Vice, Vox Lux

The 16 “classic” movies added April 1 include:

The Adjustment Bureau, Call Me By Your Name, Chicago, Creed, Date Night, The Fighter, Like Crazy, Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, Mary Poppins, Planes, The Prestige, The Runaway Bride, Same Kind of Different as Me, Skyfall, Spy

There’s a total of 29 Oscar winners on the list of 175 movies:

12 Years a Slave, All the President’s Men (1976), Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Braveheart, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Casablanca (1942), Coco, Crazy Heart, The Departed, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, Gravity, The Help, The Hurt Locker, Inception, The Incredibles, JFK, Juno, The King’s Speech, The Last King of Scotland, Life of Pi, Mad Max: Fury Road, Million Dollar Baby, Monsters Inc., Moulin Rouge, Slumdog Millionaire, Titanic, WALL-E, Whiplash

In addition, there are more than 167 hours of TV programming from around 80 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

The White Princess (Season 1), Game of Thrones (Season 7), Little Drummer Girl (Series 1), Power (Season 2), James Cameron’s The Story of Science Fiction (Season 1), The Kicks (Season 1), The Kids are Alright (Season 1), Snatch (Season 2), Warriors Of Liberty City (Season 1)

Streaming on Gogo

Aircraft: some Airbus A319, Airbus A320, half of the Boeing 757s in the Hawaii fleet

Passengers flying on a domestic flight without inflight entertainment screens aren’t necessarily out of luck. If your aircraft is one of the 146 with Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku connection, you can stream 184 different movies from the onboard router for free — no Wi-Fi purchase required.

Of the 33 new additions as of April 1, there are 16 new releases:

Ben is Back, Bumblebee, Creed II, The Favourite, Free Solo, The Hate U Give, If Beale Street Could Talk, Jonathan, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, On the Basis of Sex, Pandas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Vice, Vox Lux

The 16 “classic” movies added April 1 include:

The Adjustment Bureau, Call Me By Your Name, Chicago, Creed, Date Night, The Fighter, Like Crazy, Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, Mary Poppins, Planes, The Prestige, The Runaway Bride, Same Kind of Different as Me, Skyfall, Spy

There are a total of 29 Oscar winners on the list of 146 movies:

12 Years a Slave, All the President’s Men (1976), Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Braveheart, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Casablanca (1942), Coco, Crazy Heart, The Departed, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, Gravity, The Help, Inception, The Incredibles, JFK, Juno, The King’s Speech, The Last King of Scotland, Life of Pi, Mad Max: Fury Road, Million Dollar Baby, Monsters Inc., Moulin Rouge, Slumdog Millionaire, Spotlight, Titanic, WALL-E, Whiplash

In addition, there are over 162 hours of TV programming from around 75 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

The White Princess (Season 1), Game of Thrones (Season 7), Little Drummer Girl (Series 1), Power (Season 2), James Cameron’s The Story of Science Fiction (Season 1), The Kicks (Season 1), The Kids are Alright (Season 1), Snatch (Season 2), Warriors Of Liberty City (Season 1)

Streaming on ViaSat

Aircraft: some Airbus A319, most Airbus A321, all Airbus A321neo and Boeing 737 MAX, most Boeing 737-800

Passengers flying on a domestic flight without in-flight entertainment screens have options as well. If your aircraft is one of the more than 500 with ViaSat satellite-based Wi-Fi connection, you can stream 162 different movies from the on-board router for free — no Wi-Fi purchase required.

Of these, there are 33 new additions as of April 1 including 16 new releases:

Ben is Back, Bumblebee, Creed II, The Favourite, Free Solo, The Hate U Give, If Beale Street Could Talk, Jonathan, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, On the Basis of Sex, Pandas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Vice, Vox Lux

The 16 “classic” movies added April 1 include:

The Adjustment Bureau, Call Me By Your Name, Chicago, Creed, Date Night, The Fighter, Like Crazy, Little Miss Sunshine, Looper, Mary Poppins, Planes, The Prestige, The Runaway Bride, Same Kind of Different as Me, Skyfall, Spy

There are a total of 27 Oscar winners on the list of 162 movies:

12 Years a Slave, All the President’s Men (1976), Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Braveheart, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Casablanca (1942), Coco, Crazy Heart, Dead Poets Society, The Departed, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, Gravity, The Help, Inception, The Incredibles, JFK, Juno, The King’s Speech, The Last King of Scotland, Life of Pi, Mad Max: Fury Road, Million Dollar Baby, Slumdog Millionaire, Titanic, WALL-E , Whiplash

In addition, there are more than 150 hours of TV programming from around 75 different shows. Among the new additions are episodes from:

Game of Thrones (Season 7), Little Drummer Girl (Series 1), James Cameron’s The Story of Science Fiction (Season 1), The Kicks (Season 1), The Kids are Alright (Season 1), Snatch (Season 2), Warriors Of Liberty City (Season 1)

Tablet Movies

Aircraft: Boeing 757s and 767s in business class

During one of its especially cheap phases, American Airlines management decided not to install built-in inflight entertainment screens when retrofitting its internationally-configured Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, even in business class. While passengers in economy are stuck with just one option — see Overhead Screens below — business-class passengers get to watch inflight entertainment from tablets.

The problems with these tablets are many. They typically aren’t available during taxi, takeoff or landing, as flight attendants pass them out after takeoff and collect them (well) before landing. The tablet screen size is much smaller than built-in inflight entertainment screens, and it requires being plugged into one of the two power plugs at the seat. And, there are fewer options than on any other IFE option.

If you’re stuck with one of these sub-par business class products, you’ll have 97 movie options. Of these, 22 movies were added to the tablets as of April 1 including 14 new releases:

Creed II, Free Solo, The Hate U Give, Holmes & Watson, Jonathan, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mortal Engines, On the Basis of Sex, Pandas, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Stan & Ollie, Vice, Vox Lux

And if you’re traveling in business class with kids, there are 14 movies marked for Kids (of any age):

Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Planes, Beauty and the Beast (2017), Brave, A Bug’s Life, Coco, Finding Dory, Meet the Robinsons, Monsters University, Tangled, WALL-E

For those who’d rather catch up on TV while flying overseas, there are another 107 hours of TV programming. If you want to binge-watch on your long flight, there’s at least four consecutive episodes of the following programs:

  • 30 Rock (Season 2)
  • Arrested Development (Season 1)
  • The Big Bang Theory (Season 1)
  • Killing Eve (Season 1)
  • Sweetbitter (Season 1)
  • Warriors Of Liberty City (Season 1)
  • Westworld (Season 2)

Overhead Screens

Aircraft: some Boeing 737-800, Boeing 757, Boeing 767

For planes equipped with overhead screens, most flights are going to get a selection of NBC TV programming. However, movies will be played on long-enough domestic flights, flights to Hawaii and Anchorage and international flights. The movies played in April will be one of the following:

  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Date Night
  • Skyfall
  • Spy
  • Planes

Download the AApp

One important thing to remember is that you’ll need to download the American Airlines app to stream inflight entertainment to your mobile device. And the AA app isn’t the smallest app, so you’ll want to do this over Wi-Fi before the flight if you pay for mobile data. Either way, you’ll definitely need to download the app before you switch to flight mode. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for Wi-Fi services to download the AA app before being able to stream content for free.

This is particularly important on aircraft that don’t have IFE screens installed. These include:

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