Before take-off, the pilot made an announcement telling passengers that the flight time would be short of five hours and 50 minutes due to strong tail winds, while warning that this would come with turbulence.
We did not take off on time due to technical issues with the IFE system, which was restarted several times. While it seemed to work when we took off, it inexplicably turned off in the middle of an episode of a TV show and started to recalibrate. It appeared that the passenger in front was also having issues with his monitor, and he moved to an empty seat for this reason.
The Panasonic 16-inch HD touchscreen (9-inch economy version) offers the same content as the A330’s IFE, including 120 hours of movies and entertainment and over 1,000 music albums. I have also noticed that it contains content from Calm, offering meditation exercises for those who want help with sleeping.
The main difference with this IFE system is that you can also control it from your phone and tablet using the Aer Lingus Play app. The airline advises you to download the app before take off to avoid connection issues, and they give you a code to pair your device. I watched TV during my dinner and was glad the noise canceling headphones were up to par this time around and the movie quality was good.