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Does Anyone Other Than United Have "Channel 9?"  
User currently offlineALbyDAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 22 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3448 times:

Are there or have there been any airlines besides United that offer ATC feed in the cabin? I seem to remember being on an AA flight in the early 90's (757 I think) and hearing ATC on one of the IFE channels. I could be mistaken since it's been a while.

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User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3413 times:

According to United, it is Unique to them, so my answer would be no.


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User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3152 times:

I don't think anyone, but I love it.... I have XM and Sirius radio at home, so who cares about that... Gimme my Channel 9.... Just on my last flight, there was a battle for the AA MIA-ORD flight to overtake our UA flight (Bad wx in MIA caused delay). ATC didn't let him... he was pissed... said he would write this up... our pilot said ATC was doing a great job. We led the way and landed first. My own Telenovela on board a flight.... excellente!

User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

UA is the only carrier to offer inflight communication from the Flight Deck to the ground. This is actually one of their selling points believe it or not.


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User currently offlineDAYflyer From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3807 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

I think AA or soemone used to have it...maybe it was the original Braniff????
But I dont think anyone else has it anymore. I love it and hope they keep it.



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User currently offlineD950 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

AA at one time used to show the cockpit on the screens until the Chicago DC10 incident, then after a number of lawsuits, they stopped it.


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User currently offlineHaggis79 From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 1096 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

If Channel 9 is a selling point for United, why don't other carriers adopt that feature? I would love Delta having it...  Smile


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User currently offlineDTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3090 times:

To my knowledge only UA has this.

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

Quoting Haggis79 (Reply 6):
If Channel 9 is a selling point for United, why don't other carriers adopt that feature?

Because it's not a selling point. Maybe 1-2% of the traveling public really care about it and the cost to add it or upgrade to it is not there. I had the chance to fly on jetBlue last week and altough the IFE was nice to have it is FAR from my selling point on who I choose to fly with.



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User currently offlineLucky727 From Canada, joined Sep 2003, 602 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3007 times:

How long have UA had Channel 9? Did they have it pre 9/11?

L727



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User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2999 times:

They have had it for at least 20 years if not more. Going to LAX in 1986, we had it on the 757 we flew from IAD.


Also it is not the main selling point for United, but it does help a little.



Sean



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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Quoting Lucky727 (Reply 9):
How long have UA had Channel 9? Did they have it pre 9/11?



Quoting FutureFO (Reply 10):
They have had it for at least 20 years if not more

More for sure... I remember flying on a DC-8 from BDL to ORD back in 1978 that had it.



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User currently offline3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

Quoting Lucky727 (Reply 9):
How long have UA had Channel 9? Did they have it pre 9/11?

The earliest I encountered it was 1974 (on my first-ever United flight).


User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Channel 9 has been around for a long time at UA...70's for sure. I'm not sure the culture at other carriers ALPA groups would allow it....you know if you apply to fly for UA you have channel 9 (at the Captains Discretion). In regards to 'not a selling point'.....more than a few are dialed in during flight...have heard verbal reactions thru the cabin on many flights to something humerous on 9...such as the new DL pilot giving the welcome aboard speech on what he thought was the PA on his aircraft...instead it went out to everyone above 30,000 feet above Kansas that day... Smile

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