TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1430 posts, RR: 9 Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5188 times:
Even though TK now has most of its aircraft equipped with PTVs, a few years ago, I flew HKG-IST on an Airbus 340-300 without PTV. 8022 kms and 12 hr 36 mins of torture Thank God I could sleep for about 6 hours.
B747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 16813 posts, RR: 11 Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5084 times:
Quoting DYflyer (Reply 13): don't quite understand peoples obsession with IFE. I have no problem with flying without IFE. Bring a book, a MP3-player, sleep some and talk to your neighbors and the time flies by.
Well if you fly on a flight that is +11hrs, then you will see what we mean
EZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 26 Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5061 times:
Quoting IBERIA747 (Reply 11): The longest nonstop flight operated by IB is MAD-SCL (6648mi/10700km according to the great circle mapper) which takes over 13 hours.
Similar here, I've done many EZE-MAD on IB, around 12 hrs ... but the last two I was upgraded so those don't count
The worst though was another EZE-MAD but on AR. Service was great and the seat on the 744 was much more comfortable than on the A346, but their main IFE broke down, so we didn't even have that for 12 hours (AR has no PTV's in eco either).
The good thing was that for the first and only time in my life I actually manged to sleep around 5 or 6 hours
PITIngres From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1052 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5013 times:
Quoting B747forever (Reply 16): Well if you fly on a flight that is +11hrs, then you will see what we mean
It's entirely individual. I managed EWR-PEK, 13 hours, and as soon as we were in the air I turned off the annoying PTV and settled into my books. The flight was a pain in the ass, literally, but I wasn't bored.
If you're squirmy by nature, or not into reading, then I would imagine that the IFE is a godsend.
Flymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6768 posts, RR: 6 Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4988 times:
All of AA 767s which fly long haul from ORD,DFW,MIA and JFK to points all across Europe and South America. But I would much rather have the drop down/over head screen than nothing. I remember flying MIA-MAD on an IB 747-300 in the summer of 2002, all it had was one big projection screen in the front of the section, now that was a horrible IFE the movie choices where bad on the way there anyway.
My personal longest flight with out any type of IFE would only be around 3 hours BOS-MIA on a MD-80.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)