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User currently offlineJerion From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 253 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2404 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 Costa Rica, joined Nov 2004, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

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


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User currently offlineGroundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2346 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 United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1609 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2344 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 United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2335 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



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User currently offlineGr8SlvrFlt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1609 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2330 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 United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2311 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 United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 6789 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

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


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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2272 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



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2252 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?



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User currently offlineGroundstop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2198 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 United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1609 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2177 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 (10 years 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2053 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 United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1010 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2006 times:

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

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



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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1969 times:

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

signed,
ship 300


User currently offlineRumorboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1904 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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