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Avod In Virgin Atlantic Y Class LHR - LAX, SFO?  
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4242 times:

Greetings,

Does anyone know if Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited -

49% owned by Singapore Airlines Limited - a member of Star Alliance
have managed to install the AVOD IFE in Economy Class on board 747s serving LAX and SFO?

Or will I have to put up with rolling relatively non-controllable IFE?


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
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User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

Hi Singapore_Air

AVOD? Do you mean v:port? It's on a couple of the 744s (G-VBIG/WOW) I've used it a few times and it's been pretty reliable.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4180 times:

It (VPort) is not installed in all planes yet, and their fleet utilization is highly dynamic (i.e. it's not always the same planes on the same routes).

Chances are you'll end up with Odyssey, if you're really unlucky Arcadia, thought that's not too likely.

either way, what's to complain about? lots of channels, even lots of video games....


User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4120 times:

Yes but with no control as to when you watch the channels?

No offence, but Singapore Airlines' WISEMEN has somewhat spoilt me IFE wise.



Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Can we expect a trip report about how much water the Virgin Atlantic sanitary towels hold ?.  Yawn

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13744 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4004 times:

Leezyjet, of course you will. Even though I do not have a comparable care for Virgin Atlantic Airways compared to Singapore Airlines Limited - the former is still 49% part of Singapore Airlines Group. My eye will notice everything. If they're lucky, maybe I can do a blanket test again.


Anyone can fly, only the best Soar.
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12118 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3897 times:
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Has anyone warned Virgin yet about your upcoming trip so they have time to fully retrain the cabin staff to your exacting standards? They should have a good 3 to 4 months to prepare for this important event.


You can cut the irony with a knife
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

Singapore_Air:

Erm. On the subject of blanket tests: If a stewardess tried to tuck me in because the blanket was floppy, I'd be pretty annoyed - it's an invasion of private space, and if that is standard SQ practice, I'm never flying with them... at least not overnight

V-Port is video on demand, it's the same system as SQ, I believe. Odyssey is not video on demand, but lots of channels (much more than, say, BA's Omnia). Arcadia is the oldest of the lot - the first generation of PTV systems.

Gosh, I look forward to reading what you have to say about the VS cabin crew - most likely a lot of camp guys, not docile doe eyed SQ gals!  Big grin



User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3808 times:

"Does anyone know if Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited -

49% owned by Singapore Airlines Limited - a member of Star Alliance"

GOD! Does it ever end?!?

UAL747


User currently offlineHoons90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3036 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3778 times:
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Is there a list of each reg.#s of aircraft which use Odyssey, Arcadia or Vport ?


The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3763 times:

Probably. Perhaps on the VS fan web page?

Either way, there's also Nova (on the 5 Gatwick based 744s that were originally ordered by Alitalia), no idea what that is like, though I haven't heard positive things (no phones, no games)

I think, though I'm not sure, that the oldest 343s and the oldest 744s have Arcadia, but one of the oldest has been refitted with V-Port (VBIG). Anything delivered before VWOW and after the Arcadia ones has Odyssey... anything delivered after VWOW (i.e. the A346s) has V-Port. And, whatever is sitting around in Dublin in a hangar at the moment (though I still don't believe the rumour that it's in BMI colours) will probably have V-Port and the new Upper Class in a few weeks.

Now I'm sure there is some Virgin Fan out there who has a complete list. Or perhaps we could ask Jetstreamer?


User currently offlineUnited01 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2003, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3727 times:

Yea I was gonna say about NOVA. I just flew VS return LGW-MCO and unfortunately I got NOVA both ways. It was dissapointing - atleast by VS's standard - 7 movie channels and one other channel in 'cycles' but it seemed to be on one cycle until about one hour till the end of the flight and it was supposed to change every two hours. If i had known about the Gatwick 747's all having NOVA i would have booked United alsoseeing as Heathrown is next door and I had an excellent time with them twice previously. Having said that apart from the IFE dissapointment, I cant say much else bad about Virgin.

User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3719 times:

Right then:
A340-300
Arcadia G-VBUS/AEL/SKY/FLY/SUN
Odyssey G-VHOL/SEA/AIR/ELD/FAR

747-400
Arcadia G-VHOT/FAB
V:port G-VBIG/WOW
Odyssey G-VTOP/AST/XLG
Nova G-VROS/GAL/LIP/ROM/ROY (ie the LGW a/c)

A340-600
All have v:port

Nova is pretty basic really...no games and only 6 film + 2tv channels. The LGW a/c are planned to be refitted with v:port when the new Upper Class seats are fitted.

Cheers



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineIkarus From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3713 times:

Airchabum: Cool, great info. (And the 742s in Manchester have Odyssey, right?)

User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

Not wanting to sound patronising, but I quite like the idea of having a PTV, whether AVOD or not - the absence of phones wouldn't bother me in the least; I personally find them useless and a complete rip-off. For the most part, I absolutely detest all manner of computer games too.

Give me a few film channels, and preferably a daylight flight + window, and I'm very happy.



User currently offlineAirchabum From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 769 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3665 times:

Ikarus

Yes I forgot the Classics (TF-ATN/W). Correct, they have Odyssey too.

DoorsToManual

Couldn't agree more! I think I can manage for 7hrs without having the urge to ring someone at $15 per minute! The games are good for the kids though (or the big ones like myself!)



Biggidy biggidy bong
User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3632 times:

If I'm on a really long long flight (like I should have been last night) I like to play a few of the games in between films. I got quite good at 10-pin bowling on my last trip to HKG and also played the golf game too. Tried out Hangman but was not very good at that. That Battlemail Kung-Fu was not very good. I'd been really looking forward to playing it but when I finally got an a/c that it worked on, it was a real disappointment, it's such a boring game.

If I'm on a short flight such as the East Coast US, then the films are usually enough to keep me occupied, providing there are some good films showing.

Not bothered about a phone. How many people in Econ actually use them anyway ?. Think of all the extra weight that would be saved by not having them and just having them in business seats and on the bulkheads for econ pax. I doubt even business pax use them that much either.

 Smile



"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

In my spare time I looks for posts by Singapore_Air. Great entertainment...

Josh


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2738 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

Yeah, who needs V-Port, You could just take a collection of Singapore_Air's threads and posts aboard with you. Ill be surely entertained!!

Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineDoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

Regarding Singapore_Air, what I find most funny are those who take his ranting seriously. I just love it when people get all angry about his constant references to Singapore Airlines - honestly, who cares? The best advice for those who have a problem with a particular member is to either 'Suggest Deletion' or just DON'T reply.

For my part, I actually find his posts amusing, if somewhat obsessive. Yes, SQ service is pretty damn good, but there are other very good airlines out there (Virgin is certainly one of them, minus their awful seat pitch in Economy).


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3418 times:

Amusing stuff Laugh out loud

But has he gone too far... will Singapore Airlines want to employ someone who's that obsessed and who could scare customers? If he's working with people..

Too hot today... must go for a cold shower..

Josh


User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3398 times:

G-VBIG! G-VWOW! Gotta love Virgin's regos..
Hey Singapore_Air, did you get my e-mail???
-UN
Why didn't you take SQ :P



What now?
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3357 times:

Yeah, who needs V-Port, You could just take a collection of Singapore_Air's threads and posts aboard with you. Ill be surely entertained!!

ROFLMAO!!!  Big thumbs up  Big thumbs up

Regards
Frederic


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2738 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3266 times:

Glad you like the little bit of humour there Frederic  Big grin

Regards,
Airplanepics



Simon - London-Aviation.com
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