American carrier, Delta Airline, has disclosed arrangements to air Nigerian movies, popularly known as Nollywood, on-board its international flights, including those between the United States and Nigeria.
In a statement issued by its media consultant in Nigeria, the airline revealed that Nollywood movies would soon be rolled out across Delta’s inflight entertainment system, Delta Studio, adding that the process would be completed by April.
According to the statement, the first set of films to be shown are ‘Bambitious’ and ‘A Place Called Happy’ while more titles would also be aired later in the year. The movies would be available on 339 aircraft flying both internationally and on U.S. domestic routes, including Delta’s daily service between Lagos and Atlanta.
Delta’s Commercial Director for East and West Africa, Mr. Bobby Bryan, noted that as a global carrier, the airline listened to its international customers to shape the carrier’s product and services to offer what they wanted. “We already offer African menus and the introduction of Nollywood films shows our commitment to this region and offering local customers popular local entertainment,” he added.
Ayo Makun, producer and lead actor of ‘30 Days In Atlanta,’ which is named in the Guinness World Records 2017 as Nollywood’s highest domestic grossing film said: “I applaud Delta for bringing Nollywood to a new global audience. Our films are already popular in Africa but I’m looking forward to more film fans becoming lifelong Nollywood fans too.”
Delta’s in-flight entertainment system, Delta Studio, showcase more than 1,000 hours of entertainment, including up to 300 movies, 750 TV shows, 100 foreign film titles, 2,400 songs, 18 channels of live satellite TV on select aircraft and a selection of games, podcasts, and audiobooks. Entertainment can also be watched in the palm of your hands thanks to on-demand Wi-Fi available on all flights, enabling a selection of films to be streamed to laptops as well as mobile and tablet devices.
Delta flies to four cities in four African countries, Accra, Ghana; Dakar, Senegal; Johannesburg, South Africa, and Lagos, Nigeria. The airline also has sales offices in a number of additional markets, including Kenya and Uganda.