NBC Universal Taking Flight With American Airlines

NBC Universal is taking flight.

American Airlines and NBC Universal have reached an agreement for inflight broadcast content starting March 1.

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NBC Universal will produce four exclusive 90-minute programs each month for American, featuring content from numerous NBC entities for viewing on the airline’s overhead main-screens and, where available, personal entertainment devices.

NBC Universal will deliver a wide variety of hit television and film programming on American Airlines entertainment-enabled domestic and international flights. This includes American flights operated with Boeing 737, 757, 767, and Airbus 300 aircraft. As a seat-back audio and video on demand (AVOD) equipped aircraft, American’s Boeing 777 will offer an abridged list of NBC Universal must-see entertainment.


“American Airlines is committed to providing first-rate inflight programming for our customers,” American’s Executive Vice President – Marketing Dan Garton said in a statement. “With this agreement, we have also demonstrated our commitment to improve our customers’ overall travel experience. We are both pleased and eager to introduce NBC Universal programming as a key part of our inflight entertainment.”

Among the monthly programs are television shows from NBC, USA, Bravo, SCI FI, MSNBC and CNBC, as well as films from Universal Pictures and programming from NBC News, NBC Sports and other divisions of the company.

“We are thrilled to partner with American Airlines and offer passengers the opportunity to sample NBC Universal’s best programming,” Frances Manfredi, Executive Vice President/General Sales Manager, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, said in a statement. “We believe this is a tremendous promotional platform for NBC Universal assets.”

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“This mutually beneficial arrangement with American Airlines allows the many broadcast and cable channels of NBC Universal as well as Universal Pictures to showcase our products to a highly desirable audience,” John Miller, Chief Marketing Officer NBC Universal Television Group and President, The NBC Agency, said in a statement. “We look forward to delivering engaging programming that will enhance the experience of the audiences on American’s flights.”

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