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The Top In-Flight Entertainment On Emirates In 2023

As the year of extensive global travel ends, Emirates unveils an intriguing insight into the in-flight entertainment preferences of its passengers. By digging deep into data collected from flights to and from 140 destinations across the globe, Emirates explores what movies and music captivated its customers during their journeys.

Let’s dive into the most popular content in-flight on Emirates ice for 2023!

Most watched movies on ice in 2023

Customers looking for top-notch entertainment have many options with Emirates’ extensive in-flight entertainment system, known as “ice.” With over 6,500 channels of on-demand content, including movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, and live TV, Emirates ensures that passengers are always entertained. From the latest Hollywood blockbusters to international films, Emirates offers a wide range of options.

  • Visually stunning sci-fi film “Avatar: The Way of Water.”
  • The romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise” starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts
  • The action-packed “Top Gun: Maverick.”
  • For long-haul flights, passengers indulged in trilogies like “The Lord of the Rings” and all four “John Wick” films.

In addition to English language content, Emirates caters to passengers from around the globe with international movies.

The top viewed international movies for 2023 on Emirates ice included:

  • Two action-packed Bollywood films, “Vikram Vedha” and “Bholaa”
  • The thrilling French movie “La Syndicaliste”
  • The Korean drama “Return to Seoul”
  • The winner of the 2023 Cannes Palme d’Or, “Anatomie d’une chute” from France.
  • Arabic-speaking passengers enjoyed the Emirati film “Khorfakkan,” which depicts the 16th-century invasion of the city.

Emirates also ensures that younger travelers are entertained with a wide selection of kids’ movies.

Some of the most popular choices in 2023 included:

  • “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
  • “Tom & Jerry Cowboy Up!”
  • “Teen Titans Go! & DC Superhero Girls”
  • “The Super Mario Bros. Movie”

The Most watched box sets and TV on Emirates ice in 2023

Emirates customers have been enjoying a wide range of entertainment on long flights.

Series: Most Watched in 2023

  • HBO Max’s hit series “Succession” and “The White Lotus” have garnered exceptionally high viewership.

Comedies: Most Watched in 2023

  • Beloved sitcoms like “Friends,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “The Big Bang Theory” were a top choice among passengers.

Dramas: Most Watched in 2023

  • Historical dramas such as “The English” and “Women of the Movement” captured many travelers’ attention,
  • The suspense-filled series “Your Honor” starring Bryan Cranston.

Most Watched Kids and Teens TV shows:

  • The popular ’90s sitcom “Schooled!”
  • “SpongeBob SquarePants”
  • “Bluey”
  • “Hey Duggee” from Australia
  • The UK’s “Supertato.”

In addition to on-demand content, Emirates customers also had access to live TV channels on their in-flight entertainment system (“ice”).

Emirates passengers tuned in to a variety of sports and social events this year, including:

  • The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla
  • Formula 1® races
  • The NFL Super Bowl
  • English Premier League matches
  • Augusta Masters
  • ICC Cricket World Cup 2023
  • Rugby World Cup 2023
  • Wimbledon
  • DP World Tour
  • The US Open Tennis

The winner is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, the most-watched sports event on Emirates live TV this year.

Top Tunes on Emirates ice in 2023

From a library of over 3,000 albums, over 500 curated playlists, over 40,000 tracks, and more than 4,000 hours of music and podcasts. Here’s what topped the charts on Emirates flights:

  • Emirates’ customers showed their sophisticated sides with one of the most popular albums on ice revealed as Mozart’s Chamber Music.
  • Ed Sheeran’s album Subtract was also in the top three.
  • Unsurprisingly, the top spot was scooped by the indomitable Taylor Swift and her album Midnights.
  • Kids couldn’t get enough of ice Juniors Music with Cocomelon, Bluey, Kidzbop, and the Encanto soundtrack holding the top spots.
  • The most popular playlists onboard Emirates flights included the Arijit Singh PlaylistABBA’s Timeless Pop Anthems and the Best of Fairuz and Khaleeji Classics. 
  • In Global Music, the top trending regions customers accessed were India, Korea, and Africa, with the most listened to artists’ places held by Jimin from Korea, Burna Boy from Nigeria, and SB19 from the Philippines.
  • Some audiophiles went for content beyond music and showed love to the Rain, Sleep & Nature Sounds Playlist while relaxing at 40,000 feet.

Emirates customers embrace Happiness & Wellbeing

Catering to various moods and personalities, Emirates Ice offers a dedicated section for content related to happiness and wellbeing, which has become quite popular among flyers. The Nature Relaxation series takes viewers on serene and awe-inspiring journeys to natural paradises, and various explorative documentaries provide insights into how to live life to the fullest.

In 2023, Emirates customers tuned into:

  • “Living Wild: How to Change Your Life,” a captivating series where Sophie Morgan embarks on a road trip across the UK to meet individuals who have chosen to build new lives around their passions.
  • “Storytelling with Gian Power: What’s Your Life Story?” where Gian Power, the founder of TLC Lions, delves into the impactful world of storytelling and shares advice on how a personal narrative can become one’s greatest strength.

2023 wraps up on a high note with Emirates ice

For those traveling during the holiday season and beyond, Emirates is ending 2023 with a bang by offering a selection of the year’s biggest movies on their in-flight entertainment system, known as “ice.”

Barbie On Board

Among the highlights is the popular fantasy-comedy movie “Barbie,” which was the top grossing box office hit of the year. What’s more, Emirates provides the movie in multiple languages including French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese. For added accessibility, “Barbie” is also available with ‘Closed Captions’ (CC) and ‘Audio Description’ (AD), allowing visually impaired viewers to enjoy the movie with narration that describes the on-screen action. In fact, Emirates offers a total of 130 movies with AD and over 250 with CC.

Action Packed Films

  • Action enthusiasts can look forward to watching “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” a thrilling story that was partly filmed in the UAE. This movie is available on ice, in up to 8 different languages.
  • Another exciting option is “The Equalizer 3” featuring the talented Denzel Washington. And if you’re a fan of the series, you can even watch the entire “Equalizer” trilogy on ice.
  • The movie “Gran Turismo” is a must-see for those who love high-speed racing. Based on the true story of racing driver Jann Mardenborough, who started as a successful gamer before becoming a real-life racer, this film offers an adrenaline-fueled viewing experience. Additionally, ice provides an exclusive interview with Jann Mardenborough, where he shares insights on the making of the movie featured in the Emirates World podcast.

More world-class entertainment on ice in 2024

Looking ahead to 2024, Emirates customers can expect many exciting developments on ice, from exclusive new content partnerships. They will also enjoy new next-generation in-flight entertainment systems that offer memorable cinematic and personalized passenger experiences on the incoming 50-strong fleet of A350s.

In January, customers can tune into: 

  • Expend4bles, plus the complete box set of all four movies 
  • The Creator – a visually impressive sci-fi from the director of Rogue One
  • The hit kid’s movie Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie. 

In February, ice will feature: 

  • Oppenheimer, the award-winning film by Christopher Nolan 
  • Priscilla – Sofia Coppola’s biographical drama about the wife of Elvis Presley
  • Plus, many more additions to the world’s largest entertainment library in the sky.

Find out what’s on ice now.

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