The Lost World: an IFE milestone


Imperial Airways, a UK carrier which operated from 1924 to 1939 before merging with British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) was an IFE innovator. In April 1925, on board a Handley Page W8f (named City of Washington), the airline screened the first inflight film for passengers on a scheduled flight. This footage shows passengers enjoying watching The Lost World on the London-Paris route.

Trivia: The first in-flight movie was shown in 1921 on Aeromarine Airways (a US airline that operated from 1920 to 1924). The airline showed a promotional film called Howdy Chicago to its passengers via a projector as the 11-passenger Curtis F5L amphibious airplane flew around Chicago during the Parade of Progress Exposition.

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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