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User currently offlineLuniew From Poland, joined Feb 2005, 83 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5648 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.

Tom

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4109 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5633 times:

It's up to the pilot. If it's not on, ask the flight attendant if he/she can request it be turned on, or look out the window.

User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9189 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5622 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........

User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5577 times:

I can't understand why a pilot would not allow it. I enjoy it very much.

User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5575 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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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5558 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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User currently offlineHawaijahaz From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5525 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.


User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6072 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5502 times:

Channel 9 is provided through the cockpit observer's station console. If there is an observer, then channel 9 is definately going to be on.


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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5488 times:

Hey Guys,

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.

Moheet



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User currently offlineORDflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5485 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  Sad


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5476 times:

Quoting United Airline (Reply 2):
Do they offer ch9 on long haul flights such as HKG-SFO, HKG-ORD, LAX-SYD etc?

I flew FRA-IAD-FRA and on both flights was channel 9 available, funnily enough it was not available on an intra-US flight from BOS to IAD.

Patrick


User currently offlineQuickmover From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2494 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5472 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.

User currently offlineNorthwestEWR From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 456 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5432 times:

Why cant the other airlines have this too ?


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User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9411 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

It definitely wasn't on during the last two ORD-LGA and return runs I've been on.


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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21681 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 5387 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.  Smile

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.

-Mir



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6072 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5351 times:

UA is also one of the few to have audio entertainment on ALL of their aircraft.


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User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9666 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5236 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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User currently offlineSfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 220 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5178 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.


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5147 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.

User currently offlineSE210Caravelle From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 258 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5147 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.

Thanks,

S E 2 1 0 C a r a v e l l e


User currently offlineAeroVodochody From Czech Republic, joined Feb 2005, 540 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5112 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.



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User currently offlineSpoke2Spoke From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5070 times:

Does anyone know how "popular" Channel 9 is with UAL customers? For instance, how many PAX opt to listen, and how many pax choose UA over the competition in order to listen.

What a cost-effective way to fill an audio channel with content. Airlines pay for the audio content they provide in-flight. If you're providing good ol' ATC, that's gotta be cheap, right?



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User currently offlineNWOrientDC10 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1404 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 5023 times:
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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.

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Russell



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6072 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

How so? You are looking at guys who are hired with at least 3,000 hours or more. Besides, you can't hear what is said in the cockpit.


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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 4962 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.

Mark



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25 CTHEWORLD : Well, it costs money to maintain that equipment and to give the headphones out for free so when the world is left with Southwest and Ryanair, it will
26 GentFromAlaska : I traveled from O'Hare to Seattle last year. It was neat listing to cockpit asking for specific routing. I recall allot of request for the Fort Dodge
27 GoAllegheny : I've flown United on 8 flights this year so far, and on three of the last four flights the pilot refused to turn on Channel 9 despite my request. I am
28 RDUDDJI : I flew ORD-NRT back in Feb of 2004. We were about halfway into the trip when one of my traveling companions looked out the window and noticed another
29 Luniew : I loved it when we were on ORD approach around 4:30AM and there was few AA and United flights in front of us for landing. The controllers were asking
30 Post contains images Uswyjer : I recently flew my first UA mainline flight, UA742 IAD-BDL on a 733, which according to the inflight mag was supposed to have the Hear Music Channel o
31 Aviationwiz : Is channel 9 availible on United Express flights (MSP-IAD and return)? If it isn't, I would seriously have to reconsider my decision to take UA.
32 RDUDDJI : UAX does not have Ch. 9
33 Bels13 : Here's one reason a pilot might be hesitant on turning Channel 9 on. If the weather a long the route is going to be very bumpy, they might not want so
34 Daron4000 : I was just on a UA 757 from ORD-DEN (Trip Report will follow soon) and it was on the whole way, from gate to gate, just like on every other flight I'v
35 Doug_Or : RE: weather, I would think it would be the opposite. Instead of passengers thinking were were experienceing turbulence because the flight crew was no
36 ANITIX87 : Hi. Anybody know if any other airlines have the equivalent of United's Channel 9? I normally fly European carriers because I have mileage programs wit
37 NH744 : I feel I 'm getting closer to my home when I start hearing Japanese ATC on Channel 9!
38 AeroVodochody : I heard somewhere that Frontier has an equivalent to Ch.9, anyone know if it's true?
39 N1120A : Yes Try asking the pilot instead, they are often receptive if you just ask It does not matter what UA plane you fly, if CH. 9 is not on, you get jazz
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