Luniew From Poland, joined Feb 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5998 times:
I flew on Ted/United from LAS-ORD-BOS I got upgraded to Economy plus on both flights. I enjoyed the Ch 9 but on ORD-BOS flight there was no Ch 9 just some music. Does this happen a lot? I know its up to the pilot to turn it on. I was disappointed being stock with no window view and no Ch 9 it was a long flight.
Adam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5925 times:
Quoting United Airline (Reply 2): Do they offer ch9 on long haul flights such as HKG-SFO, HKG-ORD, LAX-SYD etc? Been on these long haul flights many times but ch9 was never available on these flights........
They had on channel 9 IAD-MUC and FRA-IAD January of this year. It was a first for me, and I loooooooooooooved it.
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SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5908 times:
I seriously would like to know who came up with the idea for Channel 9. Whoever did deserves a BIIIIIIIIIIG raise! In all seriousness, if you want to see a devastated passenger, put me on a United flight without Channel 9! (just kidding, of course, but you catch my drift)
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Hawaijahaz From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5875 times:
Ch 9 is awesome.
I flew SFO - NRT - SIN in Dec. last year and had the pleasure of listening to the Japanese, Vietnamese and Singapore ATC folks. And on the way back, I even heard a pilot declaring an emergency and requesting fuel dump.
BritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5838 times:
Channel 9 is provided on Ever United / TED Flight, IF the pilot has it turned on. It is totally up to the flight crews discretion if it is or not. 90% of United flights i've been on, have had it on from the second I started listening. The other 10%, I just asked the cabin crew if they could get the captain to turn it on, and they didnt have a problem doing this.
ORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5835 times:
Do they offer ch9 on long haul flights such as HKG-SFO, HKG-ORD, LAX-SYD etc? Been on these long haul flights many times but ch9 was never available on these flights........
Yes, it is possible to have channel 9 on long haul fights, however I think sometimes they may turn it off over the ocean when there isn't much happening and forget to turn it on again before landing.
Sounds like you may have had a string of bad luck on your flights
Quickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5822 times:
I flew DEN-LAX a couple of years ago without ch 9. I asked the f/a to ask the pilot to turn it on. She did and came back to tell me that the pilot would not turn it on this morning. I asked why and she was as baffled as I was.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22392 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5737 times:
I've had about a 50/50 chance of having it on when I fly on UA. I try to fly Airbus planes on UA so that I don't have the risk of it being replaced by jazz, but I was lucky enough to have in on both my flights from MSP-ORD (319) and ORD-LGA (733) recently. I just wish that the FAs didn't spend so long making their PA announcements, because I can't hear it while they're talking.
Channel 9 is a big part of why UA is my favorite US carrier. I don't know why other carriers don't have it.
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RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10414 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 5586 times:
I agree that it is agreat and I really like the fact that UA has free audio on all mainline flights and with the exception of the 737s has video on every flight too. The IFE makes me really enjoy UA over NW or AA.
I have listened to it on some Asian flights and it is always interesting to hear the Asian controlers speak English and yet have everyone understand which is is made even more impressive because with a few exceptions everyone is using thier second language. I really like Tokyo control for some reason. Narita is a busy place.
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Sfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5528 times:
Channel 9 is terrific. I travel several times a year between SFO and HNL and it is always great to hear. Unfortunately most times, the pilots turn off Channel 9 when they get over the ocean and turning it back on when they get back in radio contact with land stations. Sometimes they do forget to turn it back on.
I like listening to the communications between all of the aircraft on their tracks headed to/from Hawaii. Most of them are communicating on HF frequencies talking about their reporting points and flight conditions at certain alititudes.
Fun way to pass the time, especially since most of the movies on board stink.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5497 times:
Last time I flew united was Lax to Ord and back. I must say that the airbus flights on United are the best. Not too many people and the plane had a great seat pitch. On the way back I was on a 100% full flight in a 767 and I had to sit on non-window seat. I was very mad and I thought that it was going to be a long flight. Then the PA said that Ch9 was available and I was very happy. Airlines, please have a channel 9 because I would fly your airline even if it has no service or entertainment. The best part was the approach to Lax, surprisingly 2 pilots were not sure witch runways they were supposed to land on. Some were, I'd say, 7 miles out and were checking if they were on the right runway! I'm amased at what ATC does over the Los Angeles area.
SE210Caravelle From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 258 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5497 times:
On my UA flights I have noticed about 60% of the time the flight crew turns on Channel 9. I love listening to it, but I don't really bum out when the crew has not turned it on or has turned it off.
One of the reasons that Channel 9 is sometimes turned off, is if the pilots get word that having it on can be a risk to the flight (e.g. terrorists). I'm not 100% sure that this is correct, as it does seem silly, but I have heard it very often.
AeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5462 times:
Quoting SE210Caravelle (Reply 19): One of the reasons that Channel 9 is sometimes turned off, is if the pilots get word that having it on can be a risk to the flight (e.g. terrorists). I'm not 100% sure that this is correct, as it does seem silly, but I have heard it very often.
It might be because the pax that are listening might misunderstand something and think something is terribly wrong and cause everyone on the airplane to go crazy.
NWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5373 times:
This may sound lame but maybe the pic (captain) may have a f/o who's just out of training and is a bit nervous on his first flight. Again, this sounds lame to me, but I wouldn't want to work my first day on the job in front of an audience.
Brick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1615 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5312 times:
I flew DEN-ORD today on a 757 and not only was channel 9 turned on, but for some reason I could also hear the communications among the flight attendents as well. That was a first for me... The most exciting communication between the flight attendents was someone in the back calling the purser up front to note for maintenance that the tray table on 22F needs to be replaced.
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