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User currently offlineJerion From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Have any of the 717's or 73G's been outfitted w/ XM Satellite Radio?

If so, are passengers enjoying this and if not, when does FL plan on getting these installed?

Thanks,
Jerion

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User currently offlineCRPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2278 times:

I did not know that FL was planning on doing this, but is definitely cool that if they are!

User currently offlineGroundstop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

So far, one 717 has it installed. Aircraft 778 had the install done about a month ago. The hardware is in place but the system is not functional yet.

User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2254 times:

One 717 has been outfitted with XM but the system is not yet operable (last I heard anyway). I believe AirTran, as the launch customer for XM, is awaiting FAA certification. Once approved installation in the entire fleet is supposed to be very quick.

User currently offlineJerion From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Thanks guys!

As am XM radio subsrciber I think it's great FL's doing this.

I wonder if WN will ever add some kind of inflight entertainment. I was on a BDL-LAS flight a few weeks back and if I didn't have my laptop w/ me I'd have gone a little crazy.

Jerion


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

Hey Groundstop! When are ships 743 and 744 coming on line? I've seen pics here but I don't think they've been delivered yet.


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User currently offlineRumorboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2221 times:

XM RADIO

The first B-717, # 778. has had the XM Radio package installed. This first installation took 2 days and for future a/c it is planned that the radio installation will be accomplished on a “long overnight” in the new ATL TOC hangar. The Company has full extra sets of seats for the B-717 and these spare seats will be pre-prepared before the a/c comes into the hangar and then swapped out with the seats already on the plane. This rolling seat swap will help bring the XM Radio installation time down to a more acceptable time period.



The B-737 seats engineering design is being worked on right now and it is hoped that soon after the first of the year that the B-737 seats will be outfitted with the XM Radios. The B-737 Recarro seats have not been as easy to do the initial engineering design for.



User currently offlineERJ170 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2215 times:

I have seen the new CS FL 717 at RDU. How many are flying now?

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2182 times:

Rumorboy.....So THATS how they do it? Switch seats overnight....I used to install-uninstall seats at the TWA overbase in the mid/late 60's at MCI.
Thx for the info...
safe


User currently offlineJacobin777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2162 times:

on a side note...with FL taking some of ATA's gates/slots/flights/operations, etc from Midway (Chicago), will they fly some of ATA's original routes....?

For example, I fly ATA every now and then from SFO-MDW..would FL take over that route or would it fly from SFO to Atlanta then I would have to switch planes from Atlanta-MDW?


User currently offlineGroundstop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

"I have seen the new CS FL 717 at RDU. How many are flying now?"

Currently, 9 aircraft are painted in the new scheme:

73G: 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 (TBD)
717: 742, 743 (TBD), 744 (TBD)


User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2087 times:

on a side note...with FL taking some of ATA's gates/slots/flights/operations, etc from Midway (Chicago), will they fly some of ATA's original routes....?

For example, I fly ATA every now and then from SFO-MDW..would FL take over that route or would it fly from SFO to Atlanta then I would have to switch planes from Atlanta-MDW?


I'm assuming that AirTran will replace some of ATA's larger 738s with it's own smaller 712s and 73Gs on some routes from the very beginning. The 738s will then be moved to some high-density markets from ATL to Florida. The twelve wet-leased 738s will be gradually phased out over six months or so as FL's new jets arrive. Of course, all of this is still tentative.


User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1963 times:

I heard it annouced that they were installing XM satellite radio about a year ago...what the heck is taking so long?!?!?!?!?!?!?

User currently offlineVatveng From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

what the heck is taking so long?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I was thinking the same thing, too, but apparently it's an FAA certification thing.


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1879 times:

Groundstop, What about me, I'm painted in the new scheme as well.  Smile

signed,
ship 300


User currently offlineRumorboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 9 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

I heard it announced that they were installing XM satellite radio about a year ago...what the heck is taking so long?!?!?!?!?!?!?



Mgmt was a little more optimistic about installing and putting in xm radio than engineering,mx, and the FAA. By the first quarter of 05 all the aircraft should be done. I wish we would have had it done by the holidays. I think it would have been a big hit but I guess that is just the way it goes.


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