Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2915 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4343 times:
This weekend, I flew PDX-SFO and OAK-PDX on two AS 734's...
I was surprised to find that one of the 734s (on OAK-PDX last night) looked like an IFE system had been installed before -- metal plates where the headphones would connect and metal plates where the dials would be for the channels and volume.
So, that leads me to believe that the AS 734s have different lineages... can anyone shed some light on the AS 734 fleet and where they came from?
Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4279 times:
To my knowledge, all of Alaska's 737-400s have been operated only by Alaska from the time they were delivered new. However, most of this type in the AS fleet are designated 737-4Q8, meaning their original owner was International Lease Finance (ILFC). Could be that ILFC left open the option to install IFE if specified by the airline to whom the aircraft would be leased.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4128 times:
From what I could find, Alaska has 40 734s...1 -S3, 17 -90s & 22 -Q8s. All were delivered new to AS. Perhaps one of the aircraft you flew was one of the leased planes, where the option for IFE system was left up to the carrier, as Tango-Bravo had stated. If you had a tail-number, that would tell ya whether the aircraft was owned or leased. Regards.
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Justplanesmart From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3940 times:
The 737-4S3, N786AS, was not delivered new to Alaska. It was first delivered to Air Europe (hence the "S3" designation), and has flown with Inter European, MarkAir, and Icelandair prior to joining AS. Some photos:
EIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1550 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3820 times:
I flew on the first AS 737-400 (del. 1992, N754AS, Spirit of Alaska) in 1998, and the headphone jacks and dials were still exposed. They looked perfectly functional, although the master audio switch was turned off. Since then, the headphone jacks have been "sealed off."
Since IFE adds fuel, maintenance and programming costs and generates very little incremental revenue on short flights, I can understand the decision not to install it on the 734s. However, from a passenger's perspective, I wish they had ordered their 73Gs and 739s with TV screens, like Continental did. AS is doing a substantial amount of long-haul flying with these planes now. AS, after all, does have a reputation for providing a top-notch in-flight product. I guess these days, the bottom-line always wins.