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APRIL 29, 2016 ATLANTA The main cabin of the A330-300. It seats 293 passengers. Delta Air Lines shows off some planes in its aircraft fleet during a media day at their Tech Ops hanger at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Friday, April 29, 2016. The airline has added new planes and also plans to refurbish the fleet of existing aircraft. KENT D. JOHNSON /kdjohnson@ajc.com

Delta Air Lines will remove fees for its in-flight entertainment by July 1, becoming the first U.S. airline to do so.

The move makes all in-flight entertainment free on Delta’s dual-class airplanes, which make up nearly 90 percent of the airline’s fleet. Not included are Delta’s smaller 50-seat jets, which are not equipped with in-flight entertainment systems.

Atlanta-based Delta’s in-flight entertainment includes movies, TV shows, music and live satellite TV available on seat-back screens on nearly 400 of its planes, or streaming on laptops, smartphones and tablets.

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The main cabin of Delta’s A330-300. KENT D. JOHNSON /kdjohnson@ajc.com

 

Delta previously charged fees for some of the entertainment, such as $6 for new release movies and $1 per episode of HBO shows.

The airline said its entertainment offerings will continue to include “recent box office hits” like “Hail, Caesar!” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Delta said the move to make in-flight entertainment free is part of its “investments in the customer experience.”

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