PHX Flyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 626 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2891 times:
A couple of questions: Buy-on-board meals -on which flights does ATA offer them? I read a while that they were meant for transcon flights. However, the only true transcon from EWR to SFO has been discontinued. So, doe ATA still have BOB meals? And if so, on which flights? There seems to be no easy way find out, as they don't even mention this service on their website.
The second question is about in-flight entertainment. I have read repeatedly that they have installed audio/video entertainment, but again, there are no details to be found anywhere. Do they have individual seatback screens? Do they show movies or just brief video clips? Do they charge for it? Do they have a moving-map display? - Thanks a bunch for any replies!
Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3228 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2823 times:
I was on ATA's HNL-SFO flight, which is done in conjunction with Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays so the service is a little different.
The plane (757-300) did have IFE, but no individual screens. Looking at the inflight magazine guide, there is no charge for IFE but you will need to bring your own headset (2-prong electric) or they will sell you a set to keep. It also looks like they may only show movies on flights longer than 5 hours. They also have short subject programming.
TomFoolery From Austria, joined Jan 2004, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
I flew ATA back in April, and the IFE was not bad. There were movies, and a fair assortment of music. I recall the video being short subject shows, as I don't actually recall a feature film (DCA-MDW) on a 753, nor to LAS on a 752. It was clean and comfortable, and you can be seated well foreword of the engines to get a quiet ride.
overall, not a bad ride.
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2786 times:
ATA does offer the buy onboard meals for $5 on many flights. Not sure of the exact routes that offer the meals, but I have seen them recently on flights from MDW to SFO and LAS.
As stated above, all mainline ATA aircraft have inflight entertainment in the form of music and tv shows. The 738 and 753 aircraft have the flip-down style overhead screens, while the 752's have the older tv screens hanging in the aisle. Movies are not shown on domestic flights, except to/from Hawaii I believe. Unfortunately there is no moving map feature. There is a $2 charge for headphones if you haven't brought your own with (2 prongs). If you do buy the ATA headphones you can keep them to use later.
Overall I have always found ATA's entertainment to be pretty good for a LCC.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1308 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2745 times:
I flew ATA from LAX - CUN back in January of this year. We got a 757-300 that was less than 6 months old. It was my first time on ATA so I was skeptical, but the service was awesome. We got a complimentary alcoholic drink to start off our early morning right, and the meal was pretty good too. We also got hot moist towels, which is something I haven't received on too many airlines in coach. IFE was the norm, a movie and some shows, but all in all I had a very favorable impression of the airline.
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2621 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2492 times:
I'm taking the ATA Saturday-only nonstop flight from San Francisco to Cancun on September 4th. I bought the vacation package online from Apple Vacations.
I have noticed in the SF Chronicle newspaper that ATA is no longer advertising Cancun as a nonstop destination from SFO (like MDW, IND, HNL, OGG are), which leads me to believe it's more of a charter destination nowadays.
Good to hear that you were impressed with the service. I've never flown ATA before, and was curious to see what the service was like.
Luv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12225 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
From a tour operator point of view I can not blame Apple for this, imagine a possible passenger is surfing the web late at night wants to book and what no option for that from you. Passenger is likely to go somewhere else. Apple like everyone else is doing what it has to, to survive and grow. Apples biggest competitor, Funjet offers this.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2334 times:
Unless the consumer is aware of how Apple does business, I don't expect it to be a problem. I've always had the highest regard for Apple-East & West in how they sell... just never expected this to happen, as Apple was adament about saying they'll never distribute directly to the public (hence why its near impossible (or was) to get their phone number).
Re: ATA & Apple: A friend was telling me at one point that Apple had 10 of ATA's planes in the air at any given moment and even more on the weekends. But Apple dropped their Orlando & Las Vegas plans when ATA went more aggressive in their scheduled air ops (1997 I think).