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AA AFS: DVD Players  
User currently offlineUnitedFirst From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 478 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2053 times:

Quick question that was plaguing me the other night...

I seem to recall when American introduced DVD players to First and Business Class on international flights, they introduced them solely to First Class passengers on transcontinental flights – my assumption being the 767-200 operated transcons with the "AFS" moniker.

However, with United providing DVD players to United First and United Business passengers with the advent of p.s. – I was wondering if American's dropped DVD players in the laps of transcon Business Class passengers.

Any information?

Derek

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User currently offlineIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 4522 posts, RR: 18
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2014 times:

I think DVD players on flights would be GREAT. Even if you have to pay a small rental fee for the flight to use it.


Indy = Indianapolis and not Independence Air
User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

I was wondering how those DVD players for AA worked on international flights. Does anyone know? I am flying in First from MIA-MAD and was wondering how that whole DVD thing would work.

User currently offlineAbirdA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1923 times:

Quoting Airlinerfreak (Reply 2):
I am flying in First from MIA-MAD and was wondering how that whole DVD thing would work.

There's not really much to it. After takeoff, the flight attendant will provide you with a case containing the DVD player, the Bose headset, a selection of DVD movies and a cable to connect the player to the power port in your seat. You will then be able to watch movies at your leisure throughout the flight. It's not a bad setup in lieu of a built-in PTV.


User currently offlineUnitedFirst From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 478 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

bump

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any more on-topic responses?


User currently offlineAbirdA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

I'm afraid you'll have the thread deleted when the mods see that you bumped it. They tend to do that.

I have no clue if AA is offering the DVD players in business on the 762 transcons. If I had to guess, I would say they are.


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24320 posts, RR: 47
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

From some one that regularly commutes between LA and NYC, I can confirm AA does not offer the DVD players in business class. Just the standard on screen movie and CBS TV shorts.
I suppose it could be a good move for those that might be interested, however personally it would not matter. With 20+ UA p.s. roundtrips I have yet to make use of the players more then a single time.

Btw, AA is working on some product enhancement which will include changes to its transcon products.



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User currently offlineAbirdA From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 6):
I can confirm AA does not offer the DVD players in business class.

Interesting. Of course, the vast majority of people in business undoubtedly either have work to do on the flight, or carry a DVD-equipped notebook computer.

Quoting Laxintl (Reply 6):
AA is working on some product enhancement which will include changes to its transcon products.

I can't wait to see more on AA's upcoming cabin enhancements for their widebodies, excluding the A306 of course.


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1872 times:

Quoting UnitedFirst (Reply 4):
bump

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any more on-topic responses?

Honestly, what has the uncharted North taught you about etiquette?

At any rate, several people I know who have recently flown AFS transcons confirmed that there were no DVD players in Business.

Perhaps AA is waiting for a noticeable change in their market position on the premium transcon routes before deploying such countermeasures.

Of course, maybe (just maybe) AA has plans to use their new business class seat (whenever it arrives--perhaps 2012) on their transcon network eventually. Maybe then we'll find what it means to be "detachable".

Aaron G.


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

AA International First has on demand movies. The players (small cassette) is built into the seat and integrated in the IFE system for that seat.


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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1792 times:

Hell...when i fly i use my PSP to play the new UMD format  Big grin


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21415 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1766 times:

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 9):
AA International First has on demand movies. The players (small cassette) is built into the seat and integrated in the IFE system for that seat.

Yes, that's what I was going to point out. Unless things have changed since I last flew International First, there are Hi8 (I believe) tape players in the first seats that connect directly to the IFE. This was true on the older 3class 762s I flew in the 90s as well as the new 777s in both configurations I flew two years ago. The staff has a big box of tapes to choose from (20 or more titles, multiple copies). It's "analog on demand" as it were! The 777 also has prescheduled movie channels as well, so you have a great selection. To/from Tokyo via DFW, I was never at a want for something interesting to watch (unlike the limited offerings on CO).

In Business is where you get the DVD players internationally. So if domestically in 3class you are getting the DVDs in First, why not just give the tapes domestically as well and save some money?



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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5062 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1749 times:

I was under the impression that AA was introducing DigiPlayers to their fleet of MD80s for all those 3+hr flights from ORD and DFW to the West Coast and Northeast?


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User currently offlineCommavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 11116 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1748 times:

Quoting Drerx7 (Reply 12):
I was under the impression that AA was introducing DigiPlayers to their fleet of MD80s for all those 3+hr flights from ORD and DFW to the West Coast and Northeast?

No, they were only testing the players on select flights, at different price points, to see what the response was -- it apparently wasn't great, as I don't think AA is actually going to go ahead with a full-scale rollout.

In general, despite what some on A.net say, many, many people simply don't care too much about onboard IFE anymore. They bring their own notebook computers, DVD players and MP3 players, and frankly don't want to watch what the airline is showing.


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5062 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks ago) and read 1742 times:

Quoting Commavia (Reply 13):
In general, despite what some on A.net say, many, many people simply don't care too much about onboard IFE anymore. They bring their own notebook computers, DVD players and MP3 players, and frankly don't want to watch what the airline is showing.

This is true--I think that the phrase "you don't miss what you never had" could apply here too. AA has loyal travelers from their hubs and elsewhere--so IFE would not make much of an impact to them. I've never had a need to ly AA so I can't comment on their service



Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineGOAQ From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 32 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

AA only offers DVD players in F/C on 3-Class transcon flights. No DVD players in Business. AA was looking at providing DVD players to it's Business Class Customers at one point prior to the events of 9/11. But of course all that changed because of the cost.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 11):
In Business is where you get the DVD players internationally

As GOAQ points out, no DVD/casettes in international Biz on AA. No biggie since the power port in each seat works just fine for my laptop  Wink



"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

AA's 763 flights which go between SFO and JFK are sold as First/Coach, do the First Class passengers get the DVD players?


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 17):
AA's 763 flights which go between SFO and JFK are sold as First/Coach, do the First Class passengers get the DVD players?

Was on this flight on Monday and the answer is no.



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