Lufthansa to offer in-flight movie streaming




, Last Updated: 3:01 PM ET

Starting this summer, travellers using the Germany flag carrier will be able to watch films and even order drinks via their smartphones and tablets.

The airline is in the process of installing BoardConnect servers on its planes and when the work is finished, all passengers will need to do is download the free app in order to access a selection of in-flight movies and other content which will be wirelessly streamed to their devices.

But as well as films, music and even publications, the app will allow travelers to attract a flight attendant's attention, pre-order the vegetarian option or ask politely for a drinks refill.

Lufthansa says that it will also be using the service to provide travellers with information about destinations and to help them make duty-free purchases.

Virgin Australia and El Al Israel Airlines already use BoardConnect servers on many of their flights for this very purpose, and a number of other airlines are reportedly in discussions about adopting the technology too.

When the service goes live on Lufthansa this summer, the app will be available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices and will also work with notebook computers running Windows 8.

And although the introduction of the service will eventually enable airlines to start removing their own screens, Lufthansa says that for the time being, the service will be accessible on in-seat screens and on devices that the airline provides for passengers.