Tigerair introduces new in-flight entertainment and slimline seats

Stephanie Yip 28 September 2017 NEWS

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You'll hardly notice you're flying budget.

Australia's budget airline Tigerair is clawing away from the stereotypical budget amenities, today announcing a roll-out of in-flight entertainment across its entire fleet as well as an upgrade to leather, slimline seats on its B737 fleet.

That's more comfort and more up-to-date entertainment for Tigerair passengers, no matter how long or how short their journey.

So, what can you expect? Here's the lowdown:

Up-to-date in-flight entertainment

This in-flight entertainment offering comes courtesy of a new partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Fox Networks Group, which will provide passengers access to newly released movie and TV titles. These will be updated regularly in line with release dates and are available to stream via mobile devices such as phones, tablets and compatible laptop browsers.

As always, Tigerair isn't providing this service free of charge and fees will be based on a pay-per-view basis priced at $6 for movies and $2 for TV. However standard destination-based and music content will remain free of charge.

Once rolled out, Tigerair will be the only budget carrier in Australia to offer fleet-wide in-flight entertainment. Joining the ranks of all-inclusive airlines like Qantas who earlier this year added Stan to its entertainment bill.

Luxurious leather slimline seats

Penned to roll out by March 2018, Tigerair has also announced an upgrade to its seats across its 737 fleet. As part of the upgrade, new state-of-the-art leather chairs will replace the current set, offering additional storage and a new device holder for tablets and phones. This is likely aimed at accommodating the new in-flight entertainment roll-out.

Something to note is that the chairs are "slimline".

While Tigerair says that this will not affect the current seat pitch or legroom or the current passenger and crew room, the introduction of these new seats will result in the addition of six extra seats onto each plane.

Only time will tell if the changes really will compromise comfort. However, Tigerair Australia's commercial director, Andrew Maister, is confident these changes will only benefit the passenger saying, "The planned partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Networks Group open up a new world of entertainment for our customers, whilst our new leather, slimline seats will in my view, provide the most comfortable low-cost economy seats in the sky".

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