Lufthansa 747-400 First Class entertainment|
The new state of the art in flight entertainment (IFE) system with seatback TVs that have Audio-Video-On-Demand (AVOD) screens is called MediaWorld. Films can be started at any time, interrupted, advanced or rewound. Lufthansa are also offering audio-on-demand, which means you can build up tailored CDs.
It is vital to check the type of plane you are on to see if you will get one of the new planes, or a retro-fitted plane, which has the new inflight entertainment system.
All Lufthansa Airbus A380 aeroplanes all have MediaWorld with seatback TVs that have Audio-Video-On-Demand (AVOD) screens in all classes including economy. Business class has very good TV screens, at 10.4 inches.
Business overhead screen in a 747-400|
All Airbus aircraft Airbus A340 and A330 have been retro-fitted with Mediaworld with AVOD, and economy does have seatback TV, although not as large as with the A380.
Few Boeing 747-400 aircraft, have been been retro refitted with seatback TVs and AVOD. Here, if you're planning to sit in the cheap seats, it is unlikely you will get a seatback TV in economy, although Lufthansa are rapidly rolling out fitting of Mediaworld.
On the New Boeing 747s, Business class has the new screen, 10.4 inches wide, while economy has a 7 inch screen.
Lufthansa A300 at Copenhagen|
Films are listed in the back of the Magazin, in a pretty confusing way. It starts with pages of film reviews. Then there are the listings from and to Germany for 747s with screens only in business, broken down channel by channel. Then there are the listings for the overhead films for economy. Finally, there is a listings for the new screens with video on demand for all classes.
In all classes there are 16 radio channels.
Business and economy use the same headphones - small poor quality ones, with an overhead band, and a twin 3.5mm jack plug. Audio quality is pretty poor, with minimal stereo separation. First Class has decent noise reducing headphones.
The first contents page is in German - turn over the page to get the English contents. There's normally a big article with socio-economic analysis of an area, an interview with a European politician, several puzzles, another interview, two travel articles, a page of film gossip, news on new bars and restaurants in travel locations, and miles and miles on Lufthansa news.
At the back are details of inflight entertainment.
Lufthansa want to charge €4.50 if you want to take the magazine off the plane. Incredible!
It's actually pretty good - but alas, produced just in German, with no English translation, other than the editorial on the front page. There are however some good maps.
Eurowings want to charge €4 if you want take the magazine home with you. Yes, that's right - they show they are just the slightly cheaper version of Lufthansa.