updated 9/18/2006 4:02:11 PM ET 2006-09-18T20:02:11

Delta Air Lines Inc., the nation’s third-largest carrier, said Wednesday it will offer on-demand movies, television shows and music to all customers on some long-haul domestic flights.

First-class customers will receive the new entertainment features for free, while coach class customers will pay a $5 charge per movie and receive television, music and trivia for free, spokeswoman Betsy Talton said. To play a collection of games will cost a $5 flat fee for coach class customers, Talton said.

TV screens will be in customers’ seat backs and those who have to pay for certain services can swipe a credit card on machines in the seatbacks, Talton said.

The new service, which will be phased in over a period of time, will be available to all passengers on select Delta flights over four hours, or more than 1,750 miles, including those from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.

The service will first be available on Delta’s fleet of 48 former Song Boeing 757s on certain domestic, transcontinental flights. By the end of November, all flights from JFK to the West Coast will include the service.

The service includes 24 channels of live television, more than 20 movies, music and 10 video games. Delta offers similar on-demand entertainment in its BusinessElite class on international flights. However, for the time being, it is not available in coach class on international flights, Talton said.

Atlanta-based Delta has been operating under bankruptcy court protection for about a year.

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