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First AirTran 717 XM Installation Under Way  
User currently offlineGroundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3257 times:

Along with the other great news of the day, our first aircraft to receive XM Satellite Radio will be aircraft 778. Flight 8778 was ferried from ATL to MIA on 10/26 to have the work done. No word on the ETC or when the aircraft will be back on line. Lots of great things going on around here!

JP

AirTran SOC

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User currently offlineZippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5566 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3232 times:

Now that's what I like to hear! Bring it to BWI and I will list myself on this birds entire slew of flights. With a push of the FTWEB plane tracker, I can see myself at a window seat even if it is row 30F tuning into those old school oldies from BWI-ATL-MLI-ICT-MCO-ATL-BWI and wherever else this bird is intended to go. Great flying with REAL MUSIC CHOICES and not some lip sinching minx croaking syruppy lyrics is up there with great you know what, food, schnapps and partying. Cool!  Smokin cool


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3097 times:

Excellent... This also happens to be a former TWA jet. Ship 778 is N936AT and was formerly N401TW.

User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Lots of great things going on around here!

I know, it's an exciting time for any FL lover.

About how long to they estimate it'll take for the whole fleet to be outfitted w/ XM?



"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineBh From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

I do not know if anything has changed but I recall them stating that they would be outfitted by the end of the year. But on the other hand I also thought they said they would start the install in the summer. Well its almost Nov. and the 1st one is just going in so I dont know if that still stands.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2920 times:

Well, it will probably take 1-2 weeks to get it all wired up and installed. Plus they will have to test it and check it and make sure all of the bugs are worked out, so we are looking at about 2-3 weeks before the 1st one is complete.

User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought I read somewhere that they could do 4 a day. Surely they wouldn't take a jet out of service for 2 weeks just for a radio.

User currently offlineTravatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2174 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

Well the inflight group still doesn't have headsets, nor have we had any direction on what to do with this new service yet, so I'm thinking it'll prob be closer to 4 weeks before we roll this out.

Travis


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

This isn't "just a radio". This is 117 Radios, The Satellite Receiver, the Wiring that they have to install. The testing of the systems, making sure it doesn't catch fire, or cause any problems. So yeah, 4 weeks sounds appropriate. There is alot of work to be done on something new. Now.. Once they get this one going, and know exactly what to do, it may get down to 1 week for 1 plane.

Plus they have to train the crews on how it works (minimal but precise process).

[Edited 2004-10-27 20:32:33]

User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2747 times:

As BR715 said, I'm sure once they get the first couple installed and work out the bugs, the process will move more quickly. They'll figure out how to streamline the process and make it more efficient.


"The most terrifying words in the Engligh language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"-Ronald Reagan
User currently offlineGroundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2700 times:

I just spoke with our aircraft routing department. The first aircraft is due back in service on 11/3. Thats about one week of down time to complete the installation. No word on when the system will be operational yet.

User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 680 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2662 times:

Not to busy today son?????


Ed
User currently offlineGroundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Hey now, Dad. I'm plenty busy. ATL and LAS GDP's in effect. I'm just multi-tasking.

User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

Why do I sense a little father/son quarrel here  Big grin

He He!!!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 680 posts, RR: 13
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

All in good fun......


Ed
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