HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1347 posts, RR: 15 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
I have just returned today from working HA's inaugural HNL-SYD-HNL flight and we have introduced a new type of IFE for J class passengers. It's called a Dig-E Player and it is a portable device that looks a lot like a DVD player but it is loaded with 10 full length feature films, hours of current TV shows, hours of music videos, destination information (mostly about Sydney and other places in Australia), video games, and information about Hawaiian Airlines. Judging from the passengers response, they were extremely popular. People loved them!
Do any other carriers have these? I've never seen them before. It sure made our 10 hour 45 minute flight from HNL-SYD go by faster for those in J class.
I was told by our inflight manager that we will soon be offering them in economy class on ALL of our trans-pacific and south-pacific flights.
Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3630 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
Alaska also offers the same digEplayer. How long does the battery last? According to the website, the battery lasts for around 6 hours. Or is HA making use of the power ports I recall seeing on the first class seats when I checked the aircraft one day? Or was the ports only on the ex-LTU aircraft?
Aloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4453 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2520 times:
I am curious, don't HA's 763s already have an IFE system? If so, then are these Dig-E players going to just supplement the existing IFE, or replace it?
AS uses Dig-E players, and they have no other IFE in their aircraft. I would hope that if HA has onboard IFE already that they don't replace it with Dig-E players, but rather supplement it, so that pax who don't want to rent one can still have IFE.
Vxg From United States of America, joined May 2004, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2452 times:
HA's 767s do have inflight movies available. On the new 767's its on LCD screens hanging from the ceilings in the aisle. On the ex-LTU aircraft its an older system projecting onto a screen on the bulkhead. So for J class passengers the digEplayer will supplement the on-screen films.
Doug_Or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3399 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2431 times:
The Dig-E player was actauly devolped by an AS ramper if I'm not mistaken. When I left AS was offering them for free to the first class cabin and for $8-$10 in the coach cabin on longer flights (transcons mostly).
M404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2222 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2366 times:
I believe NW is looking to this and other possibilities like are available for rental at some airports since wiring a plane for an IFE after the fact is just about prohibitive and way too time consuming.
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