Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways will offer wirelessly streamed movies and television shows to passengers on mainly short-haul flights as it removes entertainment screens from its Airbus A320 narrow-body fleet.
Passengers will be encouraged to connect their personal devices to an onboard streaming service that does not rely on internet satellite to watch entertainment content.
The weight reduction will mean aircraft use less fuel, a major operating cost for all carriers.
The A320s are mainly used on short-haul regional flights but also to cities within five hours' flying of Abu Dhabi, Etihad said.
The airline has downsized its growth ambitions and is focusing on point-to-point traffic.
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