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AA Business Class 763 - What's It Like?  
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4408 times:

Lucky me gets to go to Dallas for a bit for work, and I'm booked AA*LX NCE-ZRH then AA ZRH-DFW on a 763. I read on AA's website that their business class on the 763 has portable DVD players, how does that work then ? Do you have to bring your own DVD's, and if so do they have to be Zone 1 ? Or do they have a selection on board, and how do I find out what the selection is ? And what is the Admirals Club at ZRH like - is it just the LX lounge ?

Any info most welcome.

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User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4365 times:


An advance welcome to Dallas!

AA Business Class provides a fairly decent selection of movies for their portable DVD players. I was thinking they offered about 25 movies, but just checked their website and found:

On select Boeing 767 flights in premium cabins, a personal Inflight Theater offers additional entertainment. The Inflight Theater includes a Bose® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headset, personal DVD player and a portfolio containing up to 20 DVD selections.

While it doesn't allow the flight tracking as on the 777, it's basically VOD since you do have the advantage of starting/stopping the movie as you choose, and not having to wait for the whole plane's entertainment system to recycle before you can start a movie. I've always been able to take a couple when they first come by, but then swap them out during the flight. And the Bose headsets make a huge difference in the entertainment, as well as the flight in general.

It might not compare with other carriers' newer in-flight entertainment systems, but it will certainly help the 11 hours pass reasonably well.

Enjoy the trip, and welcome to Big D.

Sawasdee khrab!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

Thanks very much for the information, that's a great help. If I wanted to bring my own DVD's, do they have to be zone 1 ? Or are the players multizone ?

User currently offlineBigGSFO From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3023 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4297 times:

I believe the DVD's are coded to work exclusively with the players provided. This discourages people from stealing them. Although I am not sure, I do not think outside DVD's will work in the players.

User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4290 times:

Have never tried since I use my laptop for my DVD's, however I found the following at PC World

Your discs won't play in an airline's player. Instead of in-seat video terminals, some airlines provide passengers with portable DVD players on selected flights. On its Boeing 767 planes, for instance, American Airlines offers Panasonic DVD players with 7-inch screens to first- and business-class passengers on international flights and to first-class passengers on domestic routes, according to Todd Burke, an American Airlines spokesperson. American stocks 20 DVD titles for each player as well--and that's important, because you won't be able to watch your own discs on an airline's DVD player.

The reason? Hollywood devised a regional coding system for DVDs and players, making discs sold in one region (such as North America) incompatible with players sold in another (such as Asia). The idea is to minimize international video piracy. DVD titles and players offered by the airlines conform to Regional 8 coding, Burke says, while DVD titles and players in North America conform to the incompatible Regional 1 coding.

An AA F/A or someone who has tried their own might have more definitive info. Just thought I'd share the above...

Sawasdee khrab!
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4287 times:

Thanks again, everyone - seems pretty clear then, no BYO. Fair enough, I wonder what titles they have on board.

User currently offlineUtapao From Thailand, joined Jul 2005, 645 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Past experience has been several of the ones showing on the big screen/PTV's on the 777 for the month, as well as a pretty good selection of recent titles and some older favorites. Usually not a bad choice.

The movie guide is at: Inflight Movie Guide - August 2005

Sawasdee khrab!
User currently offlineJtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 666 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4211 times:

The portable DVD player can either sit on your lap or placed on the tray table. However, I found that the the players were too large to use comfortably when placed on the table. They are very difficult to get used to if you are used to the PTV's the fold out from between the seats. You will be given a binder of about 25 DVD's that are not the most current. Most you have probably seen, but at least it passes the time. I flew in AA business class aboard a 763 from DFW-GRU. It was nothing special but beat the heck out of flying coach for 10 hours.

[Edited 2005-08-06 16:48:47]

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