Canada’s greatest airline has simply change into the second on the planet to join Apple TV+ on behalf of its passengers, with Air Canada saying that it’ll start providing unique Apple TV+ programming by way of its in-flight leisure system.
Air Canada is kicking off the initiative right now, rounding out the two,500+ hours of films, TV exhibits, podcasts, and music out there to passengers with Apple TV+ authentic packages reminiscent of Ted Lasso, Dangerous Sisters, Severance, and Basis — all at no further cost and with out an Apple subscription.
With this newest transfer, Air Canada joins American Airways as the one different air provider to supply in-flight Apple TV+ programming. Nonetheless, it’s a pure enlargement for an airline that’s been acknowledged for 5 years working by International Traveler because the Greatest Airline or Onboard Leisure, and by the Airline Passenger Expertise Affiliation (APEX) with the Passenger Selection Award for Greatest Leisure in North America.
The addition of Apple TV+ brings the entire out there content material library to 420+ motion pictures, 1,000+ TV episodes, and 130+ music albums. The airline additionally not too long ago introduced a collaboration with Mattel to convey a choice of standard children’ shorts to its plane. Past leisure, Air Canada additionally partnered with Bell in Could to supply free messaging for Aeroplan members on Wi-Fi-equipped plane with assist for iMessage, WhatsApp, Fb Messenger, and extra. The airline additionally provides stay Canadian TV on board its flights, which offers entry to international sporting occasions in real-time and stay information.
“At Air Canada, we all know that inflight leisure is a crucial a part of our prospects’ journey journey, significantly on long-haul flights. We regularly consider alternatives to increase our leisure and introduce unique, present content material that our prospects will love. We sit up for welcoming prospects onboard to make amends for their favorite Apple TV+ exhibits or uncover new hits throughout their flight,” mentioned John Moody, Managing Director of Product Design at Air Canada. “This new partnership with Apple places us on monitor to extend our onboard leisure content material by greater than 95 per cent since final 12 months. We sit up for introducing much more leisure earlier than the top of 2023.”
Whereas Air Canada’s announcement doesn’t specify how the Apple TV+ exhibits shall be made out there, it’s most certainly that, like American Airways, the exhibits will should be preloaded on the plane earlier than takeoff relatively than streamed within the air. This implies there could also be limitations on which exhibits and films shall be made out there; for instance, it is going to be fascinating to see if Idris Elba’s Hijack exhibits up. It’s additionally unclear how lengthy new episodes will take to reach.
With the announcement of in-flight Apple TV+, Air Canada advised iPhone in Canada that it’s providing a promotion with Apple the place new or returning subscribers can rise up to 2 free months of Apple TV+ without cost. In accordance with the effective print, the promotional code might be redeemed till August 31, 2024, however is just legitimate in Canada for brand new or certified returning subscribers — the place “certified” doubtless means those that haven’t taken benefit of comparable promotions prior to now. This additionally solely works with straight Apple TV+ subscriptions and can’t be utilized towards an Apple One bundle.